Keep Your Brain Healthy
Regardless of your age, you should want to focus on the many ways to keep your brain healthy and active. Aside from doing crossword puzzles and brainteasers as often as you can, you should start reading at night to keep your brain even more active. In fact, people who tend to read more often are less likely to end up suffering from different medical conditions that can negatively impact brain function in the future, such as Alzheimer’s disease. 1 If you want to improve your memory and learn new things simultaneously, bring a good book to bed with you and start reading a few pages of it before you close your eyes for the night.
Expand Your Vocabulary in No Time
Are you always looking for ways to learn new words to use when you are having conversations with others? If you love the idea of expanding your vocabulary and using much larger words, reading is a great way to make that happen. When you decide to read a book, you are exposing yourself to hundreds and thousands of words, some of which you may already know and some of which are completely new to you. Reading those new words in a sentence could give you an even better idea of what the words mean and how they may be used in context to make the most sense.
Boost Your Mood
Several years ago, psychologists released a study on the impact reading has on a person’s mood. They were able to find a correlation between reading and feeling less depressed. Although reading a book is not necessarily a cure for anyone’s depression, it could make a person feel a bit better, ultimately boosting their mood when they are feeling quite low. If there are times when you are feeling a bit sad or even somewhat depressed out of nowhere, cuddling in bed with your pillows while reading a new story could potentially boost your mood and make you feel so much better.
Put a Stop to Some of Your Stress
The stress you are dealing with in your daily life could have a negative impact on your health. People who are regularly stressed out tend to get sick more often than those who are not nearly as stressed. It is not always easy or possible to remove all the stress from your life. However, it is important to do what you can to relieve some of your stress and feel better. 2
Reading at night could reduce feelings of stress. In fact, a study performed by researchers in the United Kingdom proved that reading a book at night helped reduce stress levels in individuals by nearly 70%. With such a natural and affordable way to put a stop to your stress, it only makes sense to start picking up a book at night.
If you are the kind of person who regularly has a lot of trouble falling asleep and you spend hours tossing around in your bed, you should try the book technique to see if it helps you rest better.
Reading a good book before you go to bed can have such a major impact on your mental health while making it a lot easier for you to fall asleep at night. Different studies show that those who read books at night have a much lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and are also often in a naturally better mood during the day. The next time you think of grabbing your phone or putting the television on while you are in bed, you should consider grabbing a good book that you can start reading instead.
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