In today’s social media world where one usually spends time on their phone before going to bed, here are a few important points to keep in mind. This will surely make you ditch the phone and go for a book.
We scan, we skim, we browse but rarely do we read. Our eyes Ping-Pong back and forth from Facebook posts to open chat boxes, unclicked emails to GIFs of dancing cats, scanning for key words but barely digesting what we see. Average time spent on an online article is 15 seconds.
In 2014, the Pew Research Centre revealed that one-quarter of American adults hadn’t read a single book in the previous year. And that’s a shame, because those who read exhibit significantly greater memory and mental abilities at all stages in life. They are also better public speakers, thinkers and, according to some studies, better people in general.
Cracking open a book before you go to bed could help combat insomnia, too. A 2009 study from researchers at University of Sussex showed that six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%, thus clearing the mind and readying the body for sleep.
The reasoning by psychologist and author Doctor David Lewis is that a book is “an active engaging of the imagination”, one that “causes you to enter an altered state of consciousness”. It doesn’t matter if your book of choice is by James Patterson or James Joyce, fiction or fact, so long as you find it fully absorbing. Because when the mind is engaged in a world constructed by words, tension evaporates and the body relaxes, paving the way for sleep.
———– Source : www. businessinsider.com