When I was a kid, I used to love reading books before bed. It was part of my routine, and indeed it was often the only time that I’d actually dedicate to reading. When I was super little and staying over with my grandparents, they used to borrow books from the library and then record their own audio books, which I’d listen to while I was falling asleep.
It’s a habit that I’d fallen out of touch with, at least until the middle of last year. I’m a chronic insomniac, and people are always suggesting that I should read books before I go to bed as a way to wind down. The problem with that is that reading books tends to wake me up rather than putting me to sleep, but that’s another problem entirely.
I also have no shortage of books that I want to have read but that I don’t necessarily want to read. On top of that, there are often classics or even reference books that I want to work my way through but that I don’t want to read as my main book. That’s where bedtime books come in.
I keep a stack of bedtime books beside my bed at any given time so that I’m always ready with my next one. Recently, I’ve also started holding myself accountable for reading 25 pages per night. If I miss one night, I have to read 50 the next.
It might not be helping me to sleep, but it is at least helping me to get through more books, and I’ll take that. It’s also pushing me to pick up some of the books that I’ve been putting off for a while, which is also a big win for me. So if you haven’t tried having a specific stack of bedtime books, maybe you should give it a try!
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