Some people swear by reading before bed, some prefer the mornings and other dip in and out of books like a salsa dip…but, I hear you say, WHEN is the best time to read? Well let’s have a look at some of the options and then I’ll leave the decision up to you.
Reading at Bedtime
Reading in bed before you go to sleep can be uber relaxing, but with one major drawback. How many of you fall asleep with a book in your hand or on your face? Or drop it to the floor where your cat sits on it and makes a bed? No?
Often times, reading is just so chilled before you go to sleep, you actually go to sleep, then you have to try and pick up where you left off last night and can sometimes read the same chapter four times before you realise what’s going on. Great for light-hearted fiction, but not so great for academic texts or non-fiction books.
Reading first thing in the morning can be good for taking in information and a lot of people swear by this routine setting them up for the day ahead, and if you’re morning person that’s great . You can get up and plan to have a lovely little reading session at 6am while you’re eating your cornflakes. Unfortunately for me, I am not a morning person am very envious of this very illusive skill that seems like magic to me. I just never have the time in the morning, unless I’m not working in which case sometimes the morning just disappears completely.
On the Commute
Living in London it’s really nice to see so many people reading on the tube and not checking their phone’s every five seconds or just staring aimlessly into the tiny little screens. There have actually been studies into reading while travelling that claim reading while moving helps you retain more information, but I am slightly sceptical.
Reading while on the train, bus, tram or other locomotive device is a gorgeous luxury once you’ve immersed yourself and if you stick to this routine it can be incredibly easy to read lots of book quickly. The only problem here is blocking out the distractions (smelly people, annoying people, loud people…just generally the other people) and that God Awful occurrence when you finish the book before you reach your stop! I am a firm believer in everyone having an emergency book with them at all times, for situations like this.
Some people who love to read on their lunch breaks and in little snatches of time here and there on a regular basis, often read the most! All those little bits of reading add up pretty quickly and these sneaky little dippers can get through books in a day and less sometimes.
This is something that I have always aspired to do but because reading is such a huge deal in my head I always have to “make time” for it, by pushing something else out of the way, having my favourite hot drink nearby and sit in my favourite reading chair. It’s like a bloody ritual, but I love it!
But ultimately does it actually matter when you read as long as you’re doing it?
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading 🙂