If you love to read, you’re in luck. Being a bookworm has been linked to a host of brain and body benefits, including protection against Alzheimer’s disease. And, not surprisingly, a good book can be a boon to your recovery, too. Here’s how.
- You’ll better manage stress. Learning to tamp down those tensions is an essential recovery tool – and a good page-turner can do wonders. In fact, reading can reduce stress by a whopping 68 percent, according to a study by Sussex University researchers.
- You’ll workout longer. Hate to exercise but love to read? According to Weight Watchers magazine, a riveting read can help you stay on that exercise machine a little longer. Just be mindful of your posture, say experts, to avoid any neck or shoulder injuries.
- You’ll become more motivated. Inspiration comes in all sorts of places, including books. Identifying with a character that overcomes obstacles or adversity, whether fictional or nonfictional, can give you a push to meet your own goals, according to research. It can also help you feel more connected. According to psychologists at the University of Buffalo, identifying with characters can enhance your sense of inclusion by giving you a kind of real-life relationship.
- You’ll sleep more soundly. Making reading a bedtime ritual is the perfect way to signal to your mind and body that it’s time to unwind and get some shut-eye. It can also help combat insomnia that’s all too common during recovery. The next time you’re tossing and turning, pick up a tome for a few minutes. Don’t reach for e-readers or tablet, however, as the bright screens can actually keep you awake and disrupt your sleep cycle.
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