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One study found reading for 30 minutes was associated with lower blood pressure and heart rate and significant reductions in stress — and researchers at the University of Sussex reported that reading for as few as six minutes before bed reduced stress by 68%, making it more relaxing than listening to music or drinking a cup of tea. Personally, I read a lot of nonfiction during the day. Some of the recent books that I’ve read are Bad Blood, about the Theranos scandal, HYPE by Dr.

Nina Shapiro and Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. Before bed though, I enjoy good murder mysteries and spy novels. My current favorite is the Vince Flynn series. 6 Reasons reading before bed may be the healthiest thing you do today 1. Reading improves cognitive function. Avid readers tend to perform better on tests of cognitive functioning than those 2. It can mitigate mild mental health concerns.

Feeling depressed or. The results don’t lie: Whether they crack open a book three times a month or every night without fail, all respondents said doing so promotes relaxation, reduces stress, induces sleep, centers the mind, and improves sleep quality. All good things. Nearly three quarters of bedtime readers believe they’d have a harder time falling asleep if they didn’t regularly read in bed, and almost. Relaxation is the most common reason that successful people read before bed.

According to a study by the University of Sussex, subjects were able to reduce stress levels by 68% by reading. Only six minutes of silent reading was needed to reduce heart rate and muscle tension. 4. The current evidence shows no physiological reason why eating before bed should cause weight gain. However, several studies show that people who eat before bed are more likely to gain weight (3, 4.

Several studies have suggested that using electronic devices like e-readers and smartphones, or even watching television in or before bed can disrupt sleep. Robert Rosenberg, DO, author of Sleep. While it may be better for your mental health to make your bed, it could be better for your physical health to leave it a complete mess, say scientists.. Those who are terrified of creepy crawlies.

It Encourages You to Keep the Rest of Your Room Tidy. Even the most organized, beautiful bedroom looks less tidy with an unmade bed, and the converse is also true: When the bed is made, it helps the rest of the room look styled, even if it is not perfect. Better still, once you are in the habit of making your bed, you’ll likely feel inspired to improve your bedroom’s appearance in other. Read More How Your Period Changes During Your 20s, 30s, and 40s Let Fleming fill you in on five wellness-inspired reasons to consider getting it on before you have your first cup of coffee.

List of related literature:

This book is dedicated precisely to memory: baths are helpful, as is moderation in drinking, eating, sleeping (it is better to sleep on your back, with your feet exposed), not to mention lovemaking.

“The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press” by Lina Bolzoni, Jeremy Parzen
from The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press
by Lina Bolzoni, Jeremy Parzen
University of Toronto Press, 2001

Methods common to adults include reading before bedtime, prayer or meditation, taking a warm bath, and having a light snack.

“Health & Wellness”
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by
, 2008

#4 No Eating in Front of the TV—I know how important it is to be mindful, but there’s something very relaxing for me about taking a break from thinking about what to write next by getting lost in someone else’s story while I enjoy my power bowl.

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from Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run
by Amanda Brooks
Hachette Books, 2020

Others prefer to read late in the day, and far into the night, keeping themselves awake by wet towels and vinegar compresses applied to the head; copious draughts of coffee; hard chairs, etc.

“The Anatomy of Bibliomania” by Holbrook Jackson
from The Anatomy of Bibliomania
by Holbrook Jackson
University of Illinois Press, 2001

One required so much less sleep in old age; she would stay up reading all night if needs must.

“Miss Austen: A Novel” by Gill Hornby
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by Gill Hornby
Flatiron Books, 2020

Additionally, children and adolescents should avoid stimulation before bed including caffeine, exercise, and electronic devices (Moore 2012).

“Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Medical Conditions” by Robert D. Friedberg, Jennifer K. Paternostro
from Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Medical Conditions
by Robert D. Friedberg, Jennifer K. Paternostro
Springer International Publishing, 2019

Children may need a light snack before bedtime; a heavy meal immediately before bedtime may interfere with sleep.

“Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children Binder Ready” by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson
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by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

1 Why is it that some people, if they begin to read, are overcome by sleep even against their will, whereas others wishing to be overcome by sleep are kept awake by taking up a book?

“Complete Works of Aristotle, Volume 2: The Revised Oxford Translation” by Aristotle, Jonathan Barnes
from Complete Works of Aristotle, Volume 2: The Revised Oxford Translation
by Aristotle, Jonathan Barnes
Princeton University Press, 2014

Some people find that reading before bed relaxes them, and others like to watch a little TV before bed.

“Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies” by Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith
from Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies
by Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith
Wiley, 2010

Besides, there are so many reasons for early rising that if I can persuade the reader to go to bed early, I shall have little fear of his lying late in the morning.

“The Young Man's Guide” by William Andrus Alcott
from The Young Man’s Guide
by William Andrus Alcott
Lilly, Wait, Colman, and Holden., 1834

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  • Number 8! Yes! I do that every night. But for me is kinda tough to have this routine (although I absolutely love it) bc University goes til 10pm. Madness.Still, I’m adapting to a healthy night routine.

  • I do use my phone before bed, but 30 minutes before I sleep I put on piano instrumental with earphones on and just quiet down, calming my mind and praying to the Lord.

  • Thanks for this! I have been in a rut for a few weeks now and it seems to happen often. I used to read late but because I work nights, sometimes I am exhausted when I get home. I think I will go back to reading before bed, even if it is a page every night. Btw, I love the way your bedroom look, could you film a tour?? I am moving soon and have to buy bedroom furniture and I am loving your bed and bedside table, where did you buy them?
    Thank you!!!

  • I go to bed around 10pm. Brush my teeth, wash my face, drink a cup of ice water turn on the ceiling fan and I am ready to sleep:)

  • Is it the same if you read books online and normal books before bed?
    Because I have the tendency to read books online only and I don’t know if it’s good for before bed.

  • 10 Healthy Habits before bedtime.

    1. Enjoy the sunset
    2. Only wear pajamas at night
    3. Drink lavender chamomile tea
    4. Put the phone down
    5. Stretch in bed
    6. Journal before bed
    7. Sleep in cooler temperatures
    8. Ready your home for tomorrow
    9. Your bed is for bedtime
    10. Eat almonds before bed

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    Seriously, your vlogs are fun and not boring at all. Thank you for interesting ideas!

  • Really good video! What would you suggest for someone who doesn’t have a big house to have a bit of privacy for time with the Lord or just getting work done so that I’m not doing that in my bed/room for too long that I get tired again and irritable? Been trying to do the no phone before bed, im good most of the time but I love music so once a find something to listen to I get excited and want more or I find a new artist and in my mind I must listen to every song they have haha reason why my brain would not shut off for bed lastnight!

  • 1.enjoy the sunset
    2. Only wear jammies at night
    3. Drink lavender chamomile tea-wash teeth after
    Q4. Put phone down-opt for books
    5. Stretch in bed
    6. Journal before bed-poetry
    7. Sleep in cooler temps
    8. Ready your home for tomorrow
    9. Your bed is for bedtime
    10. Eat almonds before bed

    This will be the last night ill watch himym to go to sleep lol

  • You’re videos are so simple and beautiful they make me feel determined and alive again! Thank you for the inspiration!!! God bless ��

  • Any tips on what to do when your partner likes to stay up later but you like to go to be early to wake up early?? I hate going to bed alone and we live in a tiny apartment so even if I did, I would wake up from him being noisy. He will come to be early but he is never keen on it and it frustrates me having to nag >:(

  • summary:
    1. enjoy sunset
    2. only wear jammies at night
    3. drink lavendar charmomile tea
    4. put the phone down
    5. stretch in bed
    6. journal before bed
    7. sleep in cooler temps
    8. ready your home for tomorrow
    9. your bed is your bedtime
    10. eat almonds before bed

  • Lol i try not to think but even after putting my phone down i can easily entertain myself for like 5 hours just on my imagination which goes crazy and then i end up never sleeping lol.

  • What time do you put the kids to bed? I have a 7year old and it varies between 8:30 and 9.

    ALSO
    How do you deal with the SUDDEN “thirst” or “scare” or using the bathroom… even if I try to cover all this before her bedtime she gets very creative lol

  • You’re wearing Delilahs merch ���� another habit I love is counting at least three things I’m thankful for and say thank you to God like that and stay connected to Him. (Maybe for you it will count into journaling ��). And another thing couples can do is having a final good night kiss or hug every day. Even when my husband comes home during the night I’m excited to give him a kiss even though I’m actually just half awake. Thanks for your Ideas. Blessings to you and your family

  • I just subscribe to ur YouTube channel Sarah and I’m loving it….. It’s like I want to watch all ur videos today. You inspired me a lot to do/follow ur healthy and too organize life ♥️♥️♥️ much love from a fan starting 06302020 onwards from PH ����

  • This school year as been the first in a VERY long time that I allowed myself to read leisurely during the school year. I usually have to put my personal reading on hold to make sure I stay focused on school work and will maybe pick up 1 or 2 books in a 3 month period (versus during the summer when I am finishing 10 books a month). So far, it has been fantastic! In my first month back in school, I’ve managed to finish around 5 books while also managing to do my school readings. This has been through the use of Libby and really trying out ebooks and audiobooks. I’ve always been a hardcore physical copy reader. Reading on a cellphone screen didn’t seem like to fun to me (and I still hate sometimes haha) but it has made it so much easier for me to read! I am constantly on the metro, going to my internship or volunteer work and I can easily get through 2 hours of an audiobook on my way there and back. Using Libby has also helped me because I can switch between books easily, not having to worry about carrying multiple copies of books! For me, it isn’t about necessarily making a specific time to read it is making sure of using my free time (when I am cleaning, doing errands, during transportation hours, etc.) that I try my hardest to make sure I read. 10 minutes here, an hour there, 30 minutes here, another hour there. It never ceases to surprise me just how fast I get through content when I just make sure I make an attempt to read a little bit everyday!

  • the time I go to bed usually is 8am…..lol I am an night shift worker. in a weird way though, I pretend the sunrise is my “sunset” which kinda does the same thing for me that a sunset would do for a day walker:)

  • I go to sleep between 1:30-2:00 AM. But I work second shift so I don’t even get home until 1:00 AM. Makes the rest of the day hard with two littles and one on the way BUT! After my 3rd gets here I don’t think I’m going back. I’ll have a normal schedule for the 1st time in over 3 years. And I’ll see my husband more ❤️

  • I’m just an anachronism with no smartphone. I could not possibly listen to an audiobook before bed… I’d fall asleep and it would just keep going. I’m too pooped to stay awake for that after chasing my kids all day! And with baby #4 coming in February, my goal is just not to forget about reading entirely this year. I’ll be ok with 6 books.

  • I saw your abortion video. I needed to lose my lunch, thanks. You know it’s funny how my own parent said the same thing (abortion is murder) but he refused to pay child support, for my education, my schooling, and then when my life took a bad turn when I was 14 and was homeless, he wouldn’t help and I literally almost died. Funny how much empathy for the actual living human life pro-birthers, have, isn’t it? Just a marvel. Such sound, compassionate people. I had to come here and comment since you said you like people with opposite view points having a discussion, but for a strange reason your comments were disabled. Oh well, I’m kinda used to pro-birther’s contradictions by now. Btw, it’s “pro-birthers”, not “Pro-life,” because nothing screams “I value life” more than the demand that a clump of cells that literally feel nothing being forced into the world even if their decades-long life might be a living hell. Funny how “pro-abortion” people seem full of empathy but not the other way around….hmmm….

  • You are so inspirational and a beautiful soul. I have big difficulties with creating habits, especially healthy ones. You inspired me to drink tea, write my journal and read a book tonight before going to bed instead of watching a ton of youtube videos in bed

  • I cant wait for the day I am back to a dayshift life so I can do the sunset tip!! Right now I go to bed at around 9am, I get home from work, take a shower, put my phone on the charger, drink a turmeric cacao latte, spray this lavender essential oil spray on my comforter, read a chapter of a book, make sure my alarm is set (I have a sunrise alarm to try to mimic morning time!) Play some meditation music and finally fall asleep! I am constantly adding to it, I love habits.

  • This is random but If you ever catch wind someone looking to cast an adult Anne of Green Gables you (Sarah Therese) should try out! I think you would be so perfect to play her!! Basically no acting required, lol����

  • So needed this! ❤ I usually go to bed at 12 am but I’m working on earlier. My youngest is only 2 months so she usually falls asleep for the night by about 11 pm so I take an hr to wind down before bed. I’ve recently started doing some calming bed time yoga which helps me to stretch, slow down and calm my mind. I’m so getting lavender chamomile next chance I get! Thank you

  • Great and interesting video. Unfortunately the tips are not made for everyone and every lifes. If you live in a really tiny space maybe your bed is also your chair, your sofa, maybe even your desk… And some people can’t actually have habits because their schedule changes every days ou weeks, don’t you think? But still for those who can do these things, your video is great:)

  • Hi Sarah! I’m new to your channel. Do you have any videos of a minimalist kitchen? I’ve seen some on YouTube but I have kids so I have too many kids things I don’t know what to get rid of to declutter my smaller kitchen to a much more useful and mindful space with kids.

  • One of the habits that I created over the last 6 months is writing down in a notebook all the things that went well that day and how it made me feel and what it says about me as a person. This is actually an exercise that I got through therapy but I can’t imagine doing my night routine without doing this as well. It brings me into a positive mood and it puts my day in perspective (especially when something went wrong) and it helps to calm me down as well and know that I did well today

  • I love using essential oils. I have a diffuser that will intermittently diffuse for 10 hours, 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off. Lavender is by far my favourite or a blend of relaxing oils. At times I also play instrumental music.

  • i cannot see the sunset… neither the dawn which is sad, i live in a space were the houses are really close to one another with no space or sound proof.
    Is sad because i used to live in a cottage where i could see both in some amazing views of my small town, also the moon always shows up on my window and when its full all the moonlight enters in my room which is fantastic.
    in my town there was little light contamination and i could see the stars every night
    don’t

  • Wonderful, thank you for sharing your habit change journey:) I have been reading before bed since forever ago, and it’s awesome. I usually read from 30 mins to 1h before bed and I really like this habit that I’ve created for myself:) One habit change I want to make in 2020 is that I want to meditate in the mornings. I have been trying to implement it in 2019 but it was on and off and not that consistent. Hopefully in 2020 I can make it happen:D My sleep is okay but I feel like I sleep too much, and I don’t actually need 9 hours of sleep so I’ll also be attempting to wake up earlier as well:)

  • I read about an hour of one of the main books in my study (library and study room). Then I usually bed around 9pm, I have been doing this for 8 years.

  • I just took out my diary and wrote the date when she says:”I encourage you to journal “. Perfect timing! About journaling…I’ve kept a diary since I entered my teens, it has helped me a lot over the years to cope with my emotions, put my feelings on paper. My diary is my beat friend, it never judges me or interrupts me when I’m venting.

  • I would like to think I could do this but I get so invested in books that if I tried it I’d likely just read until I finish the book and still get no sleep

  • I absolutely love brushing out my hair while sitting in bed at night. I have extremely long hair, so brushing out the knots before bed and then sleeping on my satin pillow cases really does help with the next morning. I barely have to brish my hair or do anything with it as it’s already been done. Also just calms me ��

  • Phone turned off at least 3 hours before going to bed. Calls can wait until morning. It’s only 8,9 hours. Interrupting your personal time for yourself. Keeping you on phone, COULD be for hours telling you about their issues. “Oh! Can you believe it? Aunt (whoever) isn’t baking pies this year for family reunion!” Get what I mean?

  • Hi Sarah! Gorgeous throw blanket. I’ve been looking for something like that for awhile. Where did you get it? Thanks so much for all the life helpful tips!

  • This looks like an experiment I should try. I don’t usually scroll endlessly, but I do a lot of my reading on my phone, and my eyes are clearly unhappy about this. I like reading ebooks for conservation of space, but I should probably either try restricting ebook reading to earlier in the day or getting an actual ebook reader that’s easier on the eyes. Hmmm. Thanks for getting me thinking about this!

  • Gosh I get so excited when you post a new video! Just something I’ve been enjoying before bed is bone broth with maybe a few fresh spices. It calms me, makes me feel like my body is healing in my sleep, and its a light enough, but hardy enough filler to have like an hour or 30 minutes before bed. Just a thought:)

  • My problem with being on the phone is that I have insomnia so getting to sleep is a struggle anyway. So really it is just a matter of waiting until my brain/body decides it is ready to give up on being awake. This year I’m going to be getting more active and eating better. I was a couple of years ago and felt amazing, but when life got a bit too much I 180’ed back into my bad habits. I want to feel good again so I’m gonna be fixing it. Depending on the story, reading will actually keep me awake because it can over engage my mind. Some stories though don’t and I can fall asleep while reading them. Use to do that all the time as a kid. I’d read a story until like 3 AM and wake up at 6AM for school. Did that a lot… miss being able to do that. Hah!

  • When you said “rooibos” tea I got so excited. That is a native tea from my cultural roots. The name is Afrikaans meaning… rooi-red and bos-bush. Directly translated redbush tea��. Amazing to hear that people from other countries drink it as well

  • EH! I’ve been doing that too lately. It’s mostly been with my audiobook (Lovecraft), but I have been reading A Clash of Kings a lot more recently. I also want to say that for habits, personal care is always one that people let slide, and that’s one that I really want to tackle this year. Both physical and mental. Also, can I just say that the clip of you at the end reading while in bed is SO realistic when doing ANYTHING relaxing in bed. Like, I don’t know how, but we always end up in that pose. Loved that. Good luck with reading, Kate.:) <3

  • OMG! This quarantine has shaped me so much. For the last month I have been following almost all the things that you mentioned except for the tea and the almonds and it had made me so productive and happy. It like a routine now reading a book, writing down the things that happened that day, stretching before sleep. I have seen physical change as well as mental change which give confidence to do it all again next day. And thank you for the tip on having almonds and tea and I am a 14 year old

  • The one way I keep off my phone is I plug my phone in across the room, then read in bed and don’t want to get back out of bed to get my phone. The only issue is I use my phone to look up words etc, that I don’t understand from the book. So that’s a little annoying. I also think about my phone a lot and really want to get it, but I’ll just keep reading until I’m too tired to care.

  • One thing that really helps me before bed is to do a brief “minimum standards check” before bed. Clothes in hamper, keys on their hook, alarm set, purse in computer bag for tomorrow. Being able to go to bed knowing I have these few things done and ready for the morning helps me not be so anxious about the coming morning. ��

  • Hey Sarah, you talk about sustainability and I found something quite interesting its called barefoot shoes don’t know if you have heard of it but it might be something your interested in.

  • This is way late since this video was posted. But I just wanted to say that I feeling very unproductive today, so I was looking through back my liked videos to find something that would motivate me and I came across this video. It really did help! I love this whole concept. I love how forgiving you were with yourself throughout the whole thing and I just love how it shows that making an effort to do something everyday can quickly become a habit.

  • How do you have 3 children & have no dark circles or eye bags or under eye hollowing? I have 2 children and these are the bane of my life. What’s your secret?

  • My habits before bed are pamper my limbs some foot massage for relaxation any tea or milk thrice a night taking bath and brush befor bed with cozy outfits water bottle and my daughter with me on my bed �� sarah. I am malathi from India.

  • I am a 3-4am going to sleep person. If I’m lucky. Living in a studio where I have no bed room it’s apart of the entire living space I struggle with making my bed the place just for sleep. I have major sleeping problems even before I lived in studio but its gotten worse since not having a “bed room”. Also wish I wasn’t allergic to almonds. Sucky allergy.

  • I am so glad that I found this. I am pretty bad at sleeping and I need YouTube to sleep, however there are so many books that I want to read. Watching this has inspired me to read before bed. It’s a habit that’s hard to kick, but it’ll be worth it. Thanks for the video!

  • My husband and I both do this. We both read for about an hour before bed! It helps you read more, also it has helped me sleep so
    Much betters, I also have pretty bad insomnia and reading before bed has stopped me from staying up until almost 4-5am everyday tossing and turning and watching YouTube videos!��

  • I loved this! Reading before bed (and in the morning as well) is actually one of my reading goals for 2020:) And I’m currently reading Atomic Habits and very enjoying it and you’re right, stacking habits around existing habits like going to sleep is a clever thing to do according to the author haha:)

  • This is definite goals. I’m going to give this a go, though you’re probably right about not reading many pages.:D I’ll probably read one page and then want to sleep.

  • Limiting phone use before bed is something I’ve struggled to do for a long time. Time is so precious, and sleep is so precious, so why do I waste so much of both with pointless scrolling? I hate myself those nights where I could’ve gotten an extra hour of sleep if I’d just gone to bed when I was tired instead of falling down the “Oh I’ll just check Facebook quickly” hole. This video has definitely inspired me to crack down on it and spend my evening time reading instead of being on my phone (with exceptions, like the nights SuperCarlinBrothers posts new videos, which I am always excited for. And apparently this video which I’m finishing right before I head to bed, oops). I do read most nights before bed; since my brain doesn’t function enough to write at night, that’s always been my reading time.

    How does sleep go for me? Well, I have a baby and a preschooler. So not great. I literally cannot imagine getting eight hours of sleep at night. If I get six, it’s a huge success. Five is more typical. And that’s usually with being up at least half an hour at some point during the night. Then there are the nights when I wake up to use the bathroom at 3:30, then the baby wakes up at 4:00, I get back to bed at 4:45 but she starts crying again at 5:00, and once she’s finally settled my oldest wakes up at 5:30, then once I get him settled I know I’m not getting any more sleep so I cut my losses and get up to have a tea and write. FUN TIMES.

  • Reading before bed usually works really well for me. I tend to get tired more promptly and fall asleep more easily, less fitfully. I so would love to make this a habit because I read SO LITTLE now. Just gotta figure out how to get my 1yr old on board with the idea �� Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • I want you to know that I just found your channel and I really feel identify with you. I have pixie cut and people always think I’m gay and it’s so exhausting, but I’m not going to change my haircut because i love it… so, I hope you’ll keep your style. You have a new fan ����

  • I’ve read every night before bed since I was old enough to read on my own. It’s my main daily reading time and I love how it helps me wind down, and kept me from ever forming a bad habit of staring at a screen before sleep. I read for about an hour, or hour and a half depending on when I get in bed and read anywhere from 10-20 pages a night, except for when I’m sure tired, at which point the book falls on my face and page count goes out the window.:p

  • I decided this year that instead of beginning my goals in January I am going to begin them March. This is because March for me is technically a new year in my life since my birthday is in the first week of March. Also January is already so hectic with going back to school and life that it makes more sense for me to start my goals when times are more settled.

  • My goal is to read more and get on Netflix and Youtube less, so I read at kitchen table or in bed from 7pm to midnight. Then I get to the net at midnight. It has been working so far, but because my goal is to read more, reading in bed may cause me to fall asleep too early before midnight. So even if I feel the need to get cozy, while reading, I may need to not read in bed. (The kitchen table chair is uncomfortable enough to keep me awake longer).

  • I am teeeerrible at sleeping! Ever since I was little I take hours to fall asleep, wake up 4-5 times a night, and have a ton of nightmares when I actually to sleep. And now that my back is getting worse sleep is also physically painful. So I do try to read before bed, but mostly as an excuse not to sleep because sleeping is a miserable time ��

  • I really need to try this considering I’ve been wanting to be more consistent with reading. I tend to not read a book for months, then binge as much as five books in a week.

  • I am going to have to give almonds and lavender tea a try! I have such a hard time shutting off my brain at night!
    If I am getting up early I am in bed by 9 but lately I have been sleeping in(sleeping in to me is 7am.haha) and staying up until closer to 10:30

  • I’ve been struggling on the phone before bed bit for so long. I have a new kindle paper white to help reduce the blue light from screens and want to read more before bed as well. I need routines!

  • I have struggled immensely with scrolling mindlessly on my phone until past 1am. The end result is never pleasant (especially as a high school senior!). I want to reduce my procrastination this year as always, let’s see how that goes in terms of writing! What I find funny is that I had a reading slump this year as well because I suffered from writer’s reading guilt. I loved reading but had a hard time doing it in 2019 because I had this feeling that I should be writing (I also didn’t want to read romance and write my own romance like what I was reading at the time, which was normally mainstream novels). I also started reading before bed about a month or maybe two months ago. It’s helped me get back into reading a little bit and I never get through a lot as you pointed out, but reading exhausts me because I have to focus when I’m dead so it’s been helpful in keeping me away from my phone too. My sleep has been oddly filled with vivid dreams (ranging from amazing fantasy to things I didn’t need to imagine, even in my sleep). Long comment, HAPPY NEW YEAR KATE!!

  • I plug my phone in down stairs to charge at night so I never look at it in bed. But I was also having trouble with a reading slump a couple years ago, so I instituted a read before bed. Ebooks on my non-backlit Kindle are the easiest because it’s just easier to manage curled up in bed. I wouldn’t listen to a book because I would probably fall asleep and leave it running. I discovered that if I want to fall asleep more quickly I just have to read a less engaging book. LOL. And if I need my sleep I can’t read a highly engaging book because I will read it till 2 in the morning if I am not careful. So I keep aware of that and try not to succumb…try. I am reading a lot more now. Also I have a reason to go to bed sooner because I look forward to it and I tell myself I am not ending my day right then. I still have a battle tho between being downstairs scrolling endlessly for no reason…like I am literally not getting anything out of it…and choosing to stop and go to bed. I read somewhere that when you are tired you tend to scroll more. I was thinking I need to use my digital well being settings to tell my phone not to let me access certain apps after 9pm. But then a little voice said, “what if there is a Facebook emergency?” LOL. I will do it soon tho, because I don’t think that voice really knows what it’s talking about.

  • I so need to break the phone before bed habit. I know it’s not healthy or remotely helpful and I am ALWAYS tired. Reading at night seems like a really good habit to substitute for the bad one, so I’ll have to give it a shot. Of course, I’ll have to give up reading books in the Kindle app on my phone. That would defeat the purpose.:) I’m kind of worried about getting too into the book I’m reading and then suddenly it’s 2 AM and I have to be up in a few hours.

    One way to curb mindless eating that has worked decently for me is knitting! Are you still crocheting? It’s hard to mindlessly eat when your hands are busy.:)

  • This is something I’ve been thinking of implementing and decided I was going to start today was too out of it yesterday. I find it funny that when I was going to start you have this video. It’s definitely interesting and makes me feel more excited to try my own way through this! Good job though!:D

  • I’ve been struggling with insomnia for years and I used to get very anxious during the nights. Last year I started reading in bed, no phone and my anxiety definitely lessened

  • Reading before bed has been a life-changer for me. It stops me from working into the night and it helps me unwind. Not to mention it grants me the time to actually read. I LOVE it!

  • I always use to read before bed but have been out of the habit for several years. I’d love to get back into it and see if it improves my sleep.

  • I scroll my phone AND my tablet at night. I used to read on my Kindle, but then I get so immersed in a story that I’d keep reading into the wee hours, cutting out much needed sleep. Since I started writing more, I’ve been reading less which is bad. Now I’m going back to temping full time so we’ll see what I kind of reading I can get done along with my personal projects in the new year.

  • thank you for your amazing content. your videos make my day and calm my anxiety because they are so relaxing and beneficial to watch. keep doing your thing girl, I love you!

  • I fall asleep reading in bed and end up not taking anything in. It’s frustrating and ruins the reading as I always feel like I have to reread what I saw last night. But the phone before bed is bad. Problem is I tend to doze off well if a video I’m not focusing on is playing, the sound lulls me to sleep.

  • Have you heard of blue light? I suspect that one reason your sleep improved was that you reduced the amount of before-sleep blue light exposure. You might think about getting some blue light blocker glasses and wearing them in the evening when you’re on your computer or phone or in front of your TV. You may find your sleep gets even better!!

  • My normal routine, once I get in bed, is putting in my earbuds and listening to music for two hours while I do any endless amounts of scrolling or reading books on Wattpad. Sometimes, if I find a really good story, I want to stay up all night and won’t go to sleep until I finish reading it such is the case of last night when I found an a-mazing fanfiction at around 3:30AM and wouldn’t let myself go to bed until I had finished all fiftysomething chapters at 6:30AM. If that’s not a problem… I don’t know what is. I would love to undertake this challenge of reading a chapter of a book or so a night before going to bed because I feel it may accomplish two things: stop my endless scrolling on my phone before I go to sleep and help me actually finish some books!

  • Mmmmm, I used to read before bed but stopped because I linked books with sleep and so they’d send me to sleep. But still, I may well give this a go because it makes me feel cosy to think about it, nice wind down.

  • Hi Ariel, I think I saw you today in Toronto, I was too awkward to say hi. I’m a master student and I can’t read novels anymore, I basically am exhausted when I stop working on my thesis for the day so when I go to bed the last thing I feel like doing is reading.

  • Kat this is amazing! I’m so happy for you that you took the time away from your phone and created space for yourself before bed. <3 Personally, I'm trying to work through some, eh, "limiting beliefs" we'll call them where... For, instance, I say I'm a night owl, but I honestly feel my best if I do my creative work before I start my day job. Another belief around reading/writing and sleep is that I still tell myself I need at least 12 hours of sleep to be rested (I say this is related to reading and writing because if I'm sleeping 12 hours, working 8 hours, and doing all the housework things... When do I get time to write?). This was true when I was a teenager, and is still a guilty pleasure now that I'm *mumbles ages*, but it's likely not true now.

    Deep breath

    All this to say, thanks for creating a space for all of us to be a) inspired to and b) willing to address our sleep habits… Because sleep is so freaking important.

  • I am trying to read before bed each night and first thing in the morning while doing light exercise. (Hula hooping, steps, walking around the house) broke my books up with post it’s for a week or two reading depending on the length to try and get myself out of my reading slump. When I got a new phone I didn’t put any music on it so I listen to more audiobooks while driving. I have had awkward moments turning the car on when my audiobook has been at an inappropriate moment with others in my car. Good luck with making this a habit.

  • When I was a kid our bedtime was 8 but we listened to audiobooks until 9 when dad turned it off, after that if I was still awake (which I often was since I’m a night owl) I would read under the covers with a flashlight.
    Now though I have become much more dependent on ebooks and find myself staying up really late either on Netflix/YouTube or with an ebook. This is problematic since I have morning classes (college). This semester I am reverting back to my childhood habit of lights out w/ an hr of audio, 5 days in and I am finding it easier to wake up when I need to. I am also fasting from ebooks for 21 days and am finding myself on my phone/iPad much less. I felt like I was “falling behind” in reading (compared to normal) until I realized that I was “reading” just about the same amount but a larger portion was my two audiobooks than my one physical book.
    Over all this experiment is being used as a homework assignment and I think it is beneficial so far and will continue to be a new good habit.
    I find falling asleep to audiobooks easier in general than reading a book, I think the voice helps put me to sleep (if the story isn’t too adventurous)

  • I naturally just do this because my favourite time to read is before bed. It helps me sleep, and it’s the quietest time of day. I just delete any apps that I stay on for too long to stop myself from being on it all day/night. It’s not worth my time at the end of the day

  • My biggest goal for 2020 is to develop a solid night/morning routine so I can take advantage of the hours I have at my disposal before work. My shift is M-F, 12:30-9pm and I would like to start getting up by 8am everyday to work on my novels, read, get any housework done that needs doing…this way, when I get home around 9:30pm, I can just relax and unwind with my favorite show and get ready for bed.

    I actually have been using the Forest app the last couple of days to focus on my reading and not look at the phone. It’s automatically set at 25 minutes (I haven’t figured out how to change it yet), and I’ve found that I can easily read 15-20 pages within that time frame. So if I do that 3 different times a day, that’s almost 60 pages imagine how many more books I can get through!

    I also am reading Game of Thrones, but getting through it very slowly because I’m actually reading the physical book and the pacing is quite slow (not as slow as The Hobbit, thankfully). How are you enjoying the audiobook so far? I always love your experimental videos, and this one especially with the focus on developing a new habit. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit so the fact that you did it for a whole month is awesome. Way to go, Kate!

  • Really inspirational! I wanted to start reading every single day in January, and I think having a time of day, like right before bed, might be a good way to make sure I stick with that goal. I worry I’ll struggle with falling asleep before I actually get any reading done XD

  • I have not prioritized reading in years. I am changing that in 2020. I am fitting it in by not scrolling through public transport commute time. That is now reading time ☺️

  • Reading before bed has always been my main reading time since I was a kid, but the problem with that is that is a have terrible self control and don’t know when to stop. I will read for hours into the night, sacrificing my sleep to get to the next chapter, but then that chapter inevitably ends on some sort of cliffhanger, and I just have to know what happens so I continue. I need to either learn better self control or find a better time to read. My sleep schedule depends on it!

  • I’ve been reading before bed every night for several years now and I love it. Most of the time, I can read for 2 or 3 hours before feeling tired enough to sleep (I love reading when the house is quiet), but when I’m already sleepy, I try to finish at least one chapter (sometimes I end up sleeping on it and finishing it in the morning, ha!).

  • Now in Sweden the sun is not even setting or if it would it’s just a few minutes until it rises again and I love it. So I can’t really wait to watch the sunset before bedtime (it’s setting in midnigh).

  • Pro tip: If you have a hard time falling asleep, listen to “Suttree” by Cormac McCarthy (the full audiobook is free on youtube). The language and setting description is so well done and beautiful but there’s no plot so it lets you get more tired enjoyably as you listen to it. Before doing this it’d take me hours to fall asleep and I tried a lot of different things to help but this is by far the most successful.

  • This is interesting. I have always been a voracious reader, and I too, have been having a major slump, so much so that I’ve given it serious thought as to why. Coincidentally, I find I’m distracted easily, focusing on anything is an obvious effort, concentration isn’t what it was. Is this due to aging….or something else? Pondering it has led me to the conclusion that it’s probably both, BUT the “something else” is playing a huge part in all this… the something else is of course technology/phone/ scrolling/ YouTube etc…. I’m convinced of it. 2020 is going to see some serious reigning in for me.

  • Such a good habit to cultivate! I’m terrible about grabbing my phone and scrolling for way too long. I may have to try this experiment on my own because my TBR pile will fall over and kill me if I don’t do something about it.

  • This is so funny that you said 10:30 isn’t that late because I’m asleep by then �� but I really like this idea and I need to start doing it again! It really helps and it helps with the mindless scrolling of Instagram before bed.

  • For me reading before bed at least 80% of the time is almost as bad as mindless scrolling. If I get into the book it’s almost nearly impossible until i literally feel my eyes closing and I know that’s it. In a lot of cases if I dont keep track of the time I can easily get to my point of no return(3am). Meaning all nighter or I will sleep in and if I have work or need to take my kids to school everyone is late. Oops it has happened before. With that other 20% I may get lucky and sleep like a semi normal person. My bad habit is not knowing when to put a book down for the sake of sleep.

  • I’m hoping to change my negative mind towards my writing and get out of this ongoing burnout. ^ ^

    Have a lovely and Happy New Year!! <3

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  • 2020 is definitely going to be the year of experimenting for me.
    I don’t really know myself and Kate’s attempts of her routine made me admit it (well I kinda knew already but.. my pride bruh). So, I’ll be doing one or two 30 day habit challenge during the first 4 months of the year bc college. For summer break I’ll either continue building more 30 day habits each month or try to follow a new routine every week to see how I handle that.

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    #9. Exercising 0:33
    #8. Drinking water 1:21
    #7. Napping 2:05
    #6. Being engaged in creative activities 2:55
    #5. Using electronic devices 3:42
    #4. Taking pills 4:36
    #3. Feeling nervous 5:25
    #2. Taking a hot shower 6:33
    #1. Sleeping with pets 7:24

  • OMG. All of last year, I ate plain almonds during my Comp Class. Every single day. And every single day, I would nearly fall asleep, but only in that class! I always wondered if it was the room… I didnt know why I was always so tired during that class! Now I do!!! Almonds… those darn almonds.

  • I’ve been reading in bed since September, challenging myself to log off of my chat groups so I can do something for myself. In the last few months I broke my reading slump, found some new books I adore, and have been going to bed at a more reasonable time. I’m a night owl but it’s been great to get to see new stories and that is really going to help me as a writer going forward.

  • I think I’m going to try this! Sometimes I’ll be lying in bed, absolutely exhausted, and I’ll force myself to roll over and start scrolling on my phone. It’s just a bad habit, and I think the deeper reason is that bed time is my time, with no responsibilities, so I want to do something ‘fun’.

  • I broke my phone before bed habit two years ago by putting it on the charger in the room furthest from my bedroom each and every night. I sleep SO much better now. If only I could convince my husband to do the same thing….

  • I’ve been working on leaving my phone alone in bed as a way of healthier sleeping, but I definitely haven’t been reading as much as I should be for an aspiring writer. In the last 3 days, I managed to start and finish a single 400 page book, and it was great!

    I did read it while in bed, which isn’t ideal for the aforementioned healthier sleeping, but I’m a night shift person and we have a visitor sleeping in the living room so I’m confined >.>

  • It is actually a really good idea to start your new habits before the new year! I just started a new book today as a “resolution” and that is enough pressure for me:D

  • I stay on my phone during the night because of insomnia, but your experience has inspired me to do this challenge myself starting tonight! Also, I agree that starting a new habit before New Year is wayy better. It’s like showing up early and being one step ahead of everyone else, which is amazing for my competitive personality ��

  • When I first got FB on my iPhone, I would scroll forever in bed. My papillon Buster the Wonder Dog sleeps next to my pillow. He was so upset that I was staring into “the light” that he pushed the phone out of my hand and stood on my chest. To keep him happy and me sane, I removed FB from my phone. You know you are spending too much time on your device when your dog grabs it out of your hand. LOL

  • Happy new year!
    And I guess all I want is start reading faster. I didn’t read much in 2019… Also, it would be really amazing if I started writing again, but all my ideas seem so bad now.. idk.
    Anyway, happy new year!

  • I sooooooooooooooo need to do this! I just ordered a book light that you wear around your neck for reading in bed. It looks like a little snake ��. There are quite a few on Amazon if anyone is interested

  • Or for the morning people out there it’s fun to spend the first two hours of your day eating breakfast, drinking coffee, doodling and listening to an audiobook. Makes ur day like 10 times better.

  • Great video! You made me realise just how important it is for me to reestablish a reading routine to get back into reading. I, too, used to read every night, once upon a time.
    How long did you read for each night?

  • I am 100% guilty of scrolling while my eyes burn, screaming at me to rest but I ignore them and carry on watching troomtroom videos on instagram which make no sense but I can’t tear my eyes away. I can struggle with reading at night now, which is sad because as a child I got so much reading done before I went to sleep

  • Question: Honestly curious. Sponsored videos… They’re great they give our fave channels a source of income. I have no problem with them and think it’s none of my business BUT am curious as to why you would rant about sponsored videos on Instagram. How they are not for you etc. and how you turn them down… and then have sponsored videos? Again I’m just curious seriously not judging. It just seems like you are going back on your word has your opinion changed? Low-key hope it has so you get more financially secure ;D (I’m rooting for you!)

  • I figured that reading before bed would help more, it helps me since it is hard to fall asleep.
    I hope you can get more books read in 2020 with reading them at night.
    Have you had any weird dreams because of the books you read?

  • My habit of daily reading took a hit once I became a full time teacher. Lately I’ve been missing my connection to booktube and leisure reading. Thank you for sharing this tangible way to get back into it again.

  • i’ve been enjoying reading before bed bc during the day my brain is usually frazzled and i can’t get myself to sit down and focus on one thing for so long

  • Earthly Wellness Good Night Lotion has been a life saver for me especially because I really struggle falling asleep! I am usually trying to get to bed at 10 to 10:30 pm. But the magnesium rub has helped me fall asleep faster! Its organic & non GMO! You’d love it Sara! It’s non MLM and direct sales so small business!

  • Reading before bed really helped me fall asleep alot easier, now I can’t fall asleep without reading a little bit though…

    My mind used to race when I laid down for bed and I would just lay there thinking random thoughts, but once I started to read before bed once my eyes started to close or droop I’d stop and turn the light off and then think about what I read and next thing I knew I was asleep. However I still can’t STAY asleep…I sleep for maybe 1-1.5 hours before waking up again then it takes another hour to fall back asleep, and then the cycle repeats throughout the night and I never truly get enough solid sleep.

  • You did that word thing with the word subpar, I can tell that’s not what you meant lol. But this was actually one of the more helpful bedtime routine videos I’ve seen in a while! Love your channel, thanks:)

  • I actually like this idea. I love to read but my reading habits are so out of sync, that I am going to give this a try. I think this will help me in two ways: 1.) get my reading back on track, and 2.) Help me with using less technology on a day to day basis. Thank you for making this video. Great Video!

  • I have also made this a habit a while ago (I think during exam season last year cause it helped me relax SO much) and since then I’ve stuck with it for the most part. It’s just the easiest and nicest thing ever, the best end to a day, gets you in a good mood, makes you sleep better and if you’re not tired already, just read till you are. I’ve kinda always preferred frequent reading to binge reading.

  • If I read before bed I either don’t understand what I’m reading because I’m too tired, or end up wide awake from getting too into the book (and probably with a new sparkly idea or two) XD so kudos to you for being able to read before bed!! I myself have been trying to read more the past few months, during commute time and stuff like that.

  • This channel is a love-hate channel for me. She’s so perfect and sometimes I get inspired and sometimes I feel like shit because I am not like her and doing the things she does. Anyone else?

  • I read 3-5 hours every evening, I’m not on social media and prefer reading to being on my iPhone. I do read what I like, and find that it’s a good way to prepare for bed. I carry a book with me everywhere and read while on a que on line, the train going to and from places and doctor’s office waiting room—and just any time I have a few minutes; I get a lot of reading done during day to day living. Nice video—a pleasure to watch as usual.:)

  • Okay, I had to give up on my reading challenge due to getting sick. But I did learn a couple of things: I need to read lot more as to improve my reading speed in conjunction with my accuracy/fluidity, and secondly… that I’m just a slow reader, haha. I kinda already knew this, but now I’m more okay with it, and I have a bit more context to put to it now.

    An interesting journey it was though, yes. But I’m gonna keep at it-and I’m actually comfortable reading multiple books, oddly enough… or maybe I’m just delusional from being sick, but I’m going to keep doing it:P

  • Scheduling time to read is an interesting idea that I’ve seen a lot online when people post videos about how to read more books. I’ve yet to try it but I want to now.

  • Being a nursing student I have trouble reading for fun. But I have recently been buying audio books. My drive to school is 45minutes one way so I can get my reading in during my drive. Finding some balance is really helpful. I love books and was so upset I have no time to read, but now I feel like I’m not skipping out on reading.

  • As a child and early teen I always read before bedtime. We didn’t have smartphones and tablets and laptops back then(c.25 years ago). I think this is a fantastic idea I think I might give this a go for the rest of October.

  • I feel like the bullet journal works for some people and is absolutely useless for others.
    I’ve been doing the reading before bed thing for ages, it’s so nice to know that no matter how busy my day is, I can count on at least that half hour/hour bit of reading time.

  • Loved the relaxed one-take video concept! I followed your reading progress on Instagram, I’m so glad you found the experiment useful:D what you say is really interestingi think I’m gonna try to do the experiment myself, I’ve been sooooo low on my reading lately:( the thing is, when I have some free time to do so I think “I should be “more productive”, i should be writing” as in, instead of reading other people’s stories, finish my ownand in all that mess I don’t end up doing either one or the other!

  • for a slow reader like myself this is highly motivating! thank you for always making insightful and helpful content, ariel. (also i’m LOVING the background)

  • I think I’m going to give this kind of thing a try. I tend to be a binge-read-everything and then nothing-for-a-whole-month reader. It’s the same thing with my writing. Writing ton and then falling off the wagon. If I can at least get 1/2 hour of writing/reading in per day though, then at least I won’t have to feel like I’m completely starting from scratch when the inspiration hits.

  • The new iOS update has made it SO MUCH easier for me to put my phone away in the evening! I have it on “downtime” from 10.30pm 8am and a time limit for certain app “subgroups”. Also using the moment app to actually see how much time you spend on your phone is scary!

  • I’m an ebook gremlin so books are part of my blue-light problem. I’m reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik right now and I’m super invested in it. The other night I was exhausted but I was in the middle of a really good chapter and I caught myself trying to rest my eyes while reading…

  • I feel the exact same way right now. I’m currently doing my master degree, so reading hasn’t been a priority for about four years now. I either don’t have time to read, or I feel too stressed out to enjoy reading. Because of that, I struggle to actually read whenever I have a little bit more time. I WANT to read, but I keep doing other things.
    I really need to find a time in my daily routine to put aside for reading.

  • i love so much this channel! and i love the way you talk about simple things, with honesty… and without pressure <3 im from brasil and i love understanding your videos even i rarely speak english haha you comunicate very well! this video inspired me to think about my free time. i usually watch netflix before bed (and its cool but i know i can read more that i read nowadays).
    and read relaxs me… its a perfect thing to do before going to sleep. thank you and have a great weekend!:) hugsss

  • Do you still use the Underwood? I noticed that it’s been a while since you done a video (unless I’ve missed it) not since Nano 2017

  • I try to do something similar with my reading. Especially during the semester, the hour or 45 minutes before bed is the only time I can dedicate to physically reading a book. Audiobooks can fill other parts of the day but sitting down with a book can’t fit in as easily. It also helps me go to sleep. Being on my phone can keep me up a longer but reading is a perfect way to decompress and fall asleep when you should. Great vid!

  • Last Year I used to be like that and I would often wake up early sometimes waaay to early. Ever since I’ve moved I haven’t kept up with it so I’ve been waking up more later. I would like to try and start reading again before bed.

  • Here is my bedtime routine…
    So first, I have to say, I don’t have any weird stuff that helps skin or anything, but I do have coconut oil, and it seems to have worked so far.
    So,
    1. I brush my teeth.
    2. Brush my lips (Yes, lips) and then put chap stick on them.
    3. Put coconut oil on eye lids and eye lashes to get the makeup off. It also helps eye lashes grow.
    4. Put on T-shirt and shorts.
    5. Put coconut oil on legs.
    6. Go to bed.:D

    But I’m going to change some of it because of this video. It’s very helpful!!!!

  • I used to read in bed on my Kindle, but the light bothers my husband. I started reading in the bath. Now that my baby is here, I read while I nurse… and now I am zipping through these novels!

    None of these things will help me with my goal to read all my physical books, though ��

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  • This was interesting! The ONLY time i have to read throughout the school year is before bed and I’ve been doing that for years. It is also a wonderful time to decompress/relax

  • Hello, I am new at your channel and I really love what you do I mean the way you talk and your moves and your tips all these things are some source of positive energy ����

  • Interesting how not looking at your phone made the difference. I wonder if it was the blue light messing with your sleep rhythm? I figured out that’s my issue, sleep quality went way up when I moved my phone away from my bed.

    One of my new habit goals for this year is to read more. I’m setting up a bullet journal purely as a reading log, in hopes it keeps me accountable and on track.

  • This was such a great video <3 I love how it doesn't just surround the topic "consistent reading", but also teaches something about habits in generel. How we tend to overthink the things we want to become a part of our daily. So thank you for this Ariel:)

  • This is an awesome concept. I usually go to bed at 22:00 so I doubt that the actual #readingafter10 applies to me. Although knowing that it is just a concept, I’ll still use the same hashtag whilst starting the concept every 21:00 and still following my usual routine of sleeping at 22:00.

  • Another good thing to work on, and good for the brain, to get off technology, is to learn a 2nd language, and/or play a musical instrument, whatever you find you enjoy the most, or easiest, perhaps the piano. I found an awesome 2nd language site, you can do it just as little or much as you feel like each day, and review as much as you want. It’s geared very easy to do, at a kids level, and yet its not. It’s at duolingo. I started learning german a week ago, and love this!

  • I’m so exited by this concept! It was a childhood ritual that I seem to have fallen out of doing! I’m definitely going to join you in #readingafter10 Thankyou for this awesome video! I’m off to search for Books unbound!

  • I’m an undergrad right now and I also try to read every night (Fridays and Saturdays are hard for me to read too!) but honestly its such a stress-relieving, nice getting ready for bed habit!

  • this is awesome! my freshman year of college, I was having lots of problems falling asleep at night so I would read right before bed to tire myself out. it was great, and this is making me want to make the time to do it again!

  • i love all the recent vids of you just sitting down and talking Ariel! super homely and cosy atmosphere where i feel like i can relax:)

  • I love to read, but the thing is with anything I do before bed is that once I give my mind something to think about, I’ll just latch onto it. I may have marched around the entire day and be about ready to pass out, but when I try to go to sleep my brain doesn’t match the tiredness of the rest of my body. So, I try to read, but end up reading for literal hours because of how much focus I put into analysis and absorption of the story. Still, I’m one of those people you can just kinda kick out of bed and I’ll walk around without dragging my feet, so I can’t really complain too much about not being able to sleep.

  • I loved this chatty, introspective video! I think I need to try this challenge for myself because I’m the WORST at consistently reading. Thanks, Ariel ✨

  • I believe in not putting pressure on myself too but… I can’t read fast enough to finish all my reading I need to (hello, uni, why u do this) and then books become a burden (which I try to carry). How shall I live in this world with so many good books?

  • Great video, Kate! I was thinking of doing this to help me read more and watching your experience has encouraged me to go ahead and do it. We’ll see how it works out! ����

  • During the video I was trying to see what stickers you had on your notebook. �� Can we please have a journaling video? Please! ����

  • I love how you talk about the idea of making reading challenging. This always seemed like a WRONG concept for me. I’ve tried to read a book a week and it was an awful experience. But reading consistently habit sounds wonderful to me. Now I really don’t have much time for myself. And I don’t even watch TV shows and I don’t usually watch YouTube videos (except yours, actually) I really want to try to start reading after 10 but there’s one thing that stops me from doing it.

    So, I’ve been watching you for sometime now and I know that you are looking forward to talking to Greg and that’s the part of your daily routine (by the way, you are absolutely adorable together. I hope soon you’ll start living at one place) so imagine after 10 is exactly the time when you could talk to Greg what would you choose talking to Greg or keeping up with your experiment?:D don’t say second because I’m going to feel bad about it XD.

    I know that after 10 is just a concept, but evening time is the only time when I could talk to a person who lives miles away from me. And not getting back to my phone afterwards is kind of impossible (???)

    And no, I’m not addicted to any social media. I’ve quit it last year and I feel good without it. Just your videos, long lasting phone calls, chats with my closest friends and my sister who also lives in another city. Such is life.

    I ABSOLUTELY love reading and I really want to make it habitual the way it used to be but even though I choose to talk on the phone because it kinda makes me happy. I mean reading also makes me happy but hey:D

    Anyway, I’m going to try reading after 10(whatever time I am able to set) and thank you so much, Ariel, for the inspiration and enthusiasm you always inflect in me. Love and hugs to you!!!

  • When I finished my degree in the summer I tried to get myself back into reading before bed and it’s such a nice habit to get into. Some nights I literally only manage 2 pages and others I read 60+! It seems to help me sleep better as well. Also this vid was so lovely and casual and cosy!!

  • Love that! Lately I’ve been trying to spend less time on my computer because I find that it’s not great for my creativity (something I picked up from the book “Steal Like an Artist” which I think you recommended a long time ago haha), so this definitely speaks to me right now!

  • This is something I want to try!! Also not looking at my phone before I go to sleep will be a though on for me too… But I love the idea! Definitely worth trying:)

  • The reading habit I’m trying to form is the opposite of yours. I am starting to read in the morning when my kids get up at 6am instead of scrolling mindlessly on my phone. I just started Lovely War by Julie Berry this morning. Happy New Year!

  • I agree with you! I finished my masters degree in June 2018 and I immediately started reading “Les Miserables” on my kindle every night. This was the moment I would be looking forward to every single day. What I loved is that Les Miserables is so well written, and so long, it gave me a piece of mind to be able to go back to that story I love so much before bed. I since then stopped being so constant but will definitely be picking this habit back up really soon x

  • YAY for more reading in 2020! I’m the worst about playing cooking games on my phone at night before bed. I don’t do a lot of endless scrolling.

  • okey i’m going to start doing everything that you said i should do…BUT I’M GOING TO TAKE MY PET NEXT TO ME NO WAY I’M NOT GONNA YOU’D HAVE TO PAY ME AND I’D STILL SCAM YOU BY LYING

  • I’m so late to this video but I loved your concept, and I’m going to try it out. I think its all too easy to be guilted against reading, or turned against it. Bravo to you for trying this, and thankyou for putting this up for us to see!

  • I really like this idea! I am so guilty of scrolling mindlessly, and I think this is something that I could do to help break my bad habit. ��

  • Listen to calm music before bed or while in bed it always helps me get a good nights rest and in the morning I feel so good because I got a good nights rest

  • I disagree with #2. I take a hot shower for about 15 minutes 1-2 hours before bed and sleep like a rock. It’s only a bad idea if you take a hot shower RIGHT before bed since the body has no time to cool off.

  • Another tip: Be happy before going to bed and be glad on everything great that you did for the day, and rest would be more rewarding.

  • Hi nice people if you really want to use your phone before bed juts download an app called twilight and the Effect will be less affective
    Really hope i helped if I did leave a like

  • #2 is actually wrong. Taking a hot bath or shower might initially increase your body temperature, but once you get out into the cooler environment your core temperature actually DROPS to a lower level than where it was before the hot bath. The lower core temperature then helps with the quality of your sleep. It’s recommended to take a hot bath or shower 60-90 minutes before bed.

  • My cat moves less than I do so I end up kicking her…then she gets up at like 3 o’clock in the morning and meows at the top of the stairs or scratches my floor really noisily and wakes everyone up

  • I have a cat who can sleep for hours on end
    I once had her sleep next to me during the day, for the entire day. It was ridiculous.
    Sometimes she’ll sleep in my room and actually sleep with me through the entire night
    And sometimes she likes to wake up in the middle of the night and wreak havoc
    I don’t hesitate throwing her out my room when she does that though.
    But with her you just never know.

    My other cat likes to sleep on top of you
    If you’re on your side she’ll lay down on your side or hip
    If you’re on your belly she’ll lay on your back. Etc.