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The Health Benefits of Reading

The Health Benefits of Reading

We all likely fell into some bad habits as the pandemic unfolded, like blurring the lines between work and home and binge watching our new favorite shows. But now more than ever, it is important that we take time to de-stress and keep our brains and bodies healthy and happy.

If you are struggling to find ways to reset, we recommend taking a break from screens and picking up a good book. Here are just a few ways reading benefits your health.

Reduces Stress
As we know, the past year has been stressful for all of us, in many different ways. The written word is an incredible way of getting out of your own head and transporting yourself to new worlds. Taking a moment for yourself will allow you to relax and flex those brain muscles.

Helps with Getting to Sleep
The blue light from our screens has been proven to disturb our readiness for sleep by disrupting our circadian rhythm. Instead of scrolling through your phone in bed, read a few chapters of a book to send you on your way to some well-deserved zzz’s.

Improves Brain Function
No matter the age, reading will help your brain. In children, it increases cognitive development. In adults, it counters cognitive decline. It also helps encourage empathy and comprehension.

Still need more reasons to get your hands on the next bestseller? Check out some of these recent studies and articles to see more - but if you’re reading before bed, be sure to turn on that bluelight filter!

The Impact of Television Viewing on Brain Structures: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analyses
Sleep tips: 6 Steps to Better Sleep
Reading Skill and Structural Brain Development

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