Reading Before Bed: Is It Good or Bad?

reading before bed

Do you ever feel the urge to pull out a book and start reading while you are in your bed? Instead of browsing social media on your phone or watching television shows right before bed, you should think about picking up and reading a little before you drift off to sleep. There are many health benefits that are associated with doing such a simple yet enjoyable task. Recent studies show that reading a good book can relieve a person’s feelings of both stress and anxiety while putting them in a much better mood. Why not give it a try to see if it can help you?

Reading before bedKeep 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 MoodReading before bed

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.

Reading before bedUnwind and Start to Sleep Better

Set the scene for a perfect night of sleep by setting up a diffuser in your bedroom with MONQ’s Sleepy blend and a new book. As you curl up in your bed, take a few deep, calming breaths of the scented air, as you start reading your book of choice. It is the perfect way to unwind and prepare for bed, which could end up helping you sleep better at night.

It is a good idea to have the essential oil diffuser going while you are in your bed and reading your book, as certain scents are known for improving sleep quality and naturally making people feel more at ease. The sleepy blend from MONQ consists of some of the best essential oils for sleep, including lavender, chamomile, kava, and sandalwood essential oils. Lavender oil has been used as a natural sleep aid for decades. Some people have been known to use chamomile essential oil to naturally attempt to treat their bouts of insomnia.

When these different oils are blended together, they have such a positive impact on a person. Not only does the blend smell fantastic, but it is known to make users feel calm and sleepy. 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 oil diffuser and 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. If you want to enhance the experience of reading in bed, add MONQ’s Sleepy blend to your favorite diffuser as you read a few chapters and drift off to sleep.

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By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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