The pandemic has disrupted your and (if you’re a parent) your children’s sleep cycles. On top of the pandemic fears, there’s stress at work or school, and even conflicts with family and friends. There’s a lot that might keep you up at night. If you and your family have trouble sleeping at night, one thing you may do is to read bedtime stories.
Bedtime stories aren’t only for kids anymore. There are hundreds of dreamy tales (audio) recounted by the most soothing voices on the internet to lull you to sleep. It’s the simplest and most relaxing method to unwind at the end of the day.
Let’s take a look at how you and your kids can benefit from reading (or listening to) bedtime stories:
Reading classic hardbound or softbound books can provide a sweet escape from the haunting glow of technology. Simply staring at something that does not generate strong lights allows your body to automatically relax and fall asleep.
Experiment with several voices and even act out the story a little. This is the ideal time for cuddling, bonding, and creating warm memories.
Conversations about books may help you improve your communication skills, which is an essential social skill to have. Getting acquainted with these various vowel sounds can help your child in improving his or her pronunciation and distinguishing the variations between each sound. Even if your child begins to read on their own, it doesn't mean you have to stop reading together.
Whether they are too little to speak or not, reading aloud to your kid from birth helps them get comfortable with the language and build pre-literacy abilities that will allow them to excel by the time they attend school.
Characters in the story may serve as role models for your child, which can help in the development of coping skills and confidence. If the main character is going through a difficult moment in their life, your child may frequently empathize and reflect on their own difficulties and how to deal with them. They can also learn to use words to explain uncomfortable feelings, which allows them to better manage their actions when they are experiencing tough emotions such as rage or grief.
The benefits of reading a bedtime story are far from fictional novels. Whether you’re six or sixty years old, there are benefits to reading a novel before bed, from relaxation and unwinding to improving creativity. A consistent bedtime routine calms you and establishes a rhythm, signaling to your body and brain that the day is drawing to a close and it’s time to have a good night sleep.
Why not include a bedtime story in your bedtime routine? Nothing beats reading a book before bed.