Does night-time reading impact sleep?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 16, 2022

How does reading a book before bed influence sleep? A study investigated the impacts of reading before bed compared to not reading a book before bed on self-reported measures of sleep quality.

Study Summary

The study, which included 774 participants, found that:

  • Compared to not reading a book before bed, reading a book before bed improved sleep quality.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty, we believe that a night time, wind down routine is important for sleep. Reading before bed is a good example of this and can help reduce stress and in turn, promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. In contrast, scrolling on your phone or computer before bed has been shown to reduce sleep quality. Swap your phone for a book to support your sleep health!

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