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Read before bed to get better sleep

Published November 25, 2021

    Principles Mental Health Sleep

    Days are busy and it is often difficult to carve out time to read during the pace of a typical day, but all days end in the bed and getting sleep. For me reading puts me to sleep so reading prior to sleep is a win-win for me.

    It helps my brain explore, but also slow down and often leads to a handful of ideas before relaxing and going to sleep. I can normally tell that I’m ready to sleep when I begin reading the same line multiple times or can’t retain what I read.

    If you’re going to be staying up late I can’t think of many things as productive as reading.

    I also find that the quality of my sleep is better. Reading calms me and puts my mind and body into a state that makes it easier to transition into sleep. Reading before bed (at least non-fiction) is almost like Pre-sleep.

    When I was younger I had a routine of masturbating before bed to help go to sleep, but looking back now I think this created some form of hormone that caused me to get worse sleep. It’s not that I didn’t fall asleep easily (I did), but I don’t feel that I was as well rested in the morning.

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