Which can help you sleep better: traditional books or audio-books?

You are probably aware that books can help you sleep. Losing yourself in a good book is a great way to relax your mind so that you can drift off into a peaceful slumber. However, you may be wondering whether you should opt for a traditional, paper-and-ink book or an audio-book. Here at Mattress Nextday, we firmly believe that both options have unique advantages and disadvantages. In today’s blog, we’d like to discuss them in detail. That way, when you next settle down to relax with a book or audio-book on one of our luxuriously comfortable mattresses, you’ll know you made the right choice for you.

1. Traditional books

Reading a traditional book obviously requires a small amount of cognitive effort because you have to specifically focus on the text in order to absorb it. This means that you may find the story more engaging and emotionally resonant than if you simply listened to it using an audio-book. However, a small number of people find that the concentration involved in reading a book actually keeps them awake rather than sending them to sleep, which is obviously a problem if you want to use books to help you doze off. It’s also worth noting that reading a book in the traditional way allows you to connect powerfully with its narrative, which means the story can affect your dreams. This may be either an advantage or disadvantage depending on your choice of reading material and whether you enjoy vivid dreams or not.

2. Audio-books

Audio-books allow you to listen to a story without having to concentrate on actually reading it. This can be a major boon if you find that reading keeps you awake or if you want to be lulled to sleep by a story without keeping your eyes open and focused on a page. However, you may discover that it’s far too easy to fall asleep without switching off the audio-book, which can cause you to lose your place in the story. If you’re very emotionally invested in the story and don’t want to miss a word of it, an audio-book may not be the ideal option.

We hope that the information we’ve provided here helps you make the best possible decision. However, whether you choose to fall asleep reading a traditional book or listening to an audio-book, you should make sure you’re supported by a comfortable mattress. Why not check out our range today?