The benefits of reading before bed

by |February 1, 2024
Reading in bed

From 2019 to 2021, Google searches in Australia for ‘why I can’t sleep at night’ have increased by 2000%. Read that number again – 2000%!

By now we all know that getting adequate sleep is critical to both our physical and mental wellbeing, but if that search history tells us anything, getting a good night’s rest is something that we as a nation are struggling with. In the same period, searches for ‘bored and can’t sleep’ increased by 400%, followed closely by the query ‘how to cure insomnia in 12 minutes’ which increased by 319%.

Reasons why people are struggling to sleep

The reasons why people can’t sleep are personal and varied – where some may blame the rise of social media, others would attribute it to stressful work days and so on. Whatever your reason, we can all agree that it’s not fun lying awake in bed.

writing on a kobo
Reading and writing on a Kobo eReader

Benefits of reading before bed

Reading before bed has many benefits including stress reduction, relaxation, increased creativity and imagination, and improved sleep quality (just to name a few). With a Kobo eReader, you can easily introduce reading into your nighttime wind down. Think of Kobo as a way to take a moment for yourself and relax after a busy day.

If you are someone who stares at screens all day long, adjusting your screen brightness at night is a must. The Kobo Nia features ComfortLight technology, making light regulation simple in the moments when a story is worth staying up for. The Kobo Libra 2, Kobo Clara 2E, Kobo Sage and Kobo Elipsa 2E eReaders all include ComfortLight PRO, which goes the extra mile by limiting the amount of blue light exposure at night to help you fall asleep more easily.

Alternatively, if you are someone who rolls into bed with the idea of doing absolutely nothing for the rest of your night, why not try an audiobook? The Kobo Elipsa and Kobo Sage feature Bluetooth wireless technology, meaning you can leave all the heavy lifting (pun intended) to your eReader, or listen via the app on your phone or tablet.

reading on a kobo in bed
Reading on a Kobo eReader before bed

While endlessly swiping through Instagram at night isn’t the best use of time, there are other kinds of stories that can feed your mind and soul! With a Kobo Plus subscription, you can access hundreds of thousands of eBook titles to keep your reading routine on a roll and inspire your imagination.

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Kass is Booktopia's resident Comms and Social Media Specialist. She spends her day scrolling TikTok, picking up the latest trends, and posting content. When she isn't on social media, you can find her on BookTok, reading the latest contemporary romance, or playing with her dog, Leia.


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