2. The Body
Where is the proof?
Chris Winter, M.D., medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center, believes that incorporating reading into your nighttime routine can aid falling asleep.
Where is the science?
Dr Winter believes that setting up a nighttime routine trains your body to assess that it is time to go to bed soon and hence, prepare for the same. In this sense, reading is a definitive activity and adding it to your routine can help set a sleep cycle for your body. However, the light emitted by the screens on our devices directly contradicts this. It is meant to keep us glued to the device and continue using it. Moreover, a recent study conducted by Harvard University found that reading e-books before bed reduces the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone. Print books, on the other hand, do not have ulterior motives and you can use them to serve you in your pre-bedtime rituals.