What does your typical bedtime routine look like? Do you snuggle under your recently washed sheets around 10:00 pm, a mug of warm milk in one hand and a Tolstoy novel in the other? Or do you flop into bed between one and five in the morning, eyes bloodshot, clutching your phone to your heart as you desperately scroll through photos of baby sloths? We all struggle to stick to a healthy bedtime routine. But if you can make it to bed with your favorite book, you might have a better night's sleep. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should read before bed.
Now I know what you're going to say, book-lovers: "Every time I read before bed, I end up staying up until dawn finishing my book! That can't be good for my skin and general temperament!" And no, medically speaking, it's not a great idea to read instead of sleeping. But if you can stick to just a chapter or three at bedtime, it could actually be good for your health.
So pry your phone out of your trembling hands about an hour before bed, and settle down with a good book (hot milk optional):