The Importance of Reading Before Sleep

Bedtime routines are recommended at all ages and if we start introducing them as children are young it is  better, so we get used to certain activities and perform them as part of our daily lives. Liliana Amaro Sleep Coach recommends reading as part of our evening routine, the benefits are as follows.

  • It makes us put technology aside. 
  • Helps concentration and memory 
  • Increases knowledge and culture 
  • Reduces stress 
  • It helps us sleep better. 

Reading disconnects us from everything that involves movement and physical effort. It is one of the  recommendations to promote sleep, because already at night reading is a kind of relaxation exercise that can  be sustained until the eyes begin to tire and the concentration fades gradually entering a period of trance, we  can get to fall asleep suddenly or decide when to stop. 

Reading or telling a story is always recommended as part of the childhood routine as it serves children as an  indication that the next thing is to close their eyes and sleep. An adult can do it in bed and it is advisable to set  a time when you should close your eyes and sleep, this means that if you have trouble sleeping the book  should be left at the set time as a limit, or after a certain number of pages. It is likely that many people will be  able to read for hours and this is not bad we simply have to be aware that sleep is important and necessary. 

If you already practice reading and still can’t sleep, Liliana advises putting the book aside, turning off the light  (total darkness) breathing deeply 10 times, thinking about every part of our body and starting to imagine every  page of the book we read before bed, you’ll probably fall asleep at some point and if you don’t keep imagining  until you know 

Reading is one of the healthiest and most relaxing ways to get to sleep and rest deeply.

About the author

Liliana Amaro

Liliana Amaro

International Children Sleep Coach
(Breastfeeding Advisor, Child Massage Instructor, Baby Sign Language Instructor)

I’m Liliana Amaro the founder of Zzleep My Baby and certified as Child & Baby Sleep Consultant, Brisbane based; but currently servicing Internationally covering many regions in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. Zzleep my baby was established to provide support to parents with newborn babies, infants, toddlers, twins and kids under 10 who struggle to sleep at night.

Born in México City, Mother of three Zelda, Inka and León. My journey as Baby Sleep Consultant began with the arrival of my first daughter Zelda, as a first-time mum was excited for her arrival, but of course never researched about infant sleep routines. When she was born, I dedicated myself to care for her day and night, without any experience or help got a general advice from the hospital and I began to wake up and feed my daughter every three hours even when she was asleep, I did this for months. My exhaustion and tiredness were extreme, as a result, Zelda got into the habit of waking several times during the night and as she grew up the night wakings were much more frequent, also it was not possible for her to sleep or resettle without being rocked or fed; more months passed, and I began to suffer extreme sleep deprivation. I used to work full time as an Architect, and it was extremely hard to keep my concentration and complete my tasks while being so tired.

One day sitting at my desk exhausted and almost in tears, I decided to end this situation. I researched for help finding a Sleep Consultant expert that since that moment changed my life forever. Whit her methodology I learned different sleep gentle techniques. We applied the most suited method and followed a sleep routine and plan as close as we could and in less than two weeks, we all were sleeping, Zelda learned to sleep on her own and self-settle.

In March 2015 I completed my certification by learning the techniques and methodologies created by the Coach that helped me, since then I have been fortunate to help several families in many parts of the world (Australia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Lebanon etc.) with newborns, twins, babies, and children up to 5 years old sleep alone and throughout the night. Within the skills as a sleep consultant, we can help a baby to leave the pacifier, avoid continuous awakenings, resetting naps, sleep time without

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