For me, the single most effective relaxation technique I have found to help me go to sleep is reading for a few minutes until I start to nod off. This goes back a long ways to the time when my dad used to read a story to us every night before bed. I love it. I had such a wonderful reading voice, and was so fun to listen to. It was very soothing to me and helped me to fall asleep--sometimes before the story was over.
The last couple of weeks, I have been making some observations about what does and does not make a good bedtime story. First off, things that are associated with work or things that I feel like I have to read do not make good bedtime reading. They don't help me relax and may getting me worrying half the night--very counter productive. Also with all apologies to Sheherezade whose life was saved by telling cliffhangers at night to her sultan husband, cliffhangers do not make good bedtime stories. If a book is too intriguing or suspenseful, I many end up reading into the wee hours of the morning.
So what does make a good bedtime story? For me, it has to be something that I enjoy. Short stories that a definite resolution at the end usually work better than an ongoing novel. Personally, I really like humorous personal stories. Some of my favorite include authors include Bailey White, Firoozeh Dumas, Robert Fulghum, and James Harriet. I also enjoy books that are broken up into small pieces. I really enjoy reading interesting biographies and histories at bedtime too.
If you are a bedtime reader like me, what are some of your favorite bedtime reads.
Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 11/13/2011 (17:01)
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