There’s an evening routine that has created a debate.
The question was simply: Is it a good idea to read in bed? There are mixed opinions about this. Some people would say “Absolutely, there’s nothing that puts you to sleep better than a good book”. While others would argue that reading stimulates your mind too much just
before going to bed. Plus, some books are so good that they’re impossible to put down.
Reading in bed is a great idea - but there are a few caveats.
First, the type of book you read is important. There are two excellent genres of books which are excellent for late-night reading.
The first is fiction. After a long day at work, there is nothing which shuts off the mind better than getting lost in a great story. It turns off the thinking, rational right-brain which runs our life for most of the day, helping us to fall asleep.
The second genre are autobiographies. Autobiographies also allow us to shut off our mind and fall into the story - and there are huge psychological benefits to reading stories of people we admire. Walter Isaacson is one of the highly recommended autobiographies.
Final note: how do you know when it’s time to turn off the light’s and go to sleep?
Here’s the rule: When you can no longer read two full pages of a book without feeling drowsy, it’s time to turn off the light’s and hit the hay.