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The 7 Interesting Ways that Reading Makes You Healthier

Did you know that reading makes you healthier in these interesting ways?

Reading is more than just a pastime for your downtime. In fact, regular reading makes you healthier, and science proves it. According to the infographic below from GE Editing, there are 7 science-backed ways reading makes you healthier.

The truth is, if you're a regular reader, then both your brain and your body enjoy the benefits. It kind of makes you wonder why people don't read more than they do. For instance, studies from organizations like Pew Research and Statistic Brain indicate that reading is on the decline, but this is in the U.S. alone. The chart below indicates how much reading is done globally in each country.

Source: Indy100

So the question is, if people knew regular reading makes you healthier, would they begin reading more?

How Reading Makes You Healthier

Here's how Brendan Brown advocates the pleasures and benefits of reading more. You'll find he's also quick to point out that screen time spent reading on electronic devices doesn't count:

"For one thing, reading reduces stress—even more than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or taking a walk. These pastimes are all good for you too, but studies indicate that when it comes to calming down, reading takes the top prize. It lowers stress levels by 68%, slowing your heart rate and helping tense muscles relax. It’s also the perfect pre-bedtime activity. Television, computer, and phone screens tend to keep people awake in the evenings, but a printed book is an ideal way to unwind before dozing off." 

So why is reading on a device before bedtime not the same? We actually discuss this in an article we've published about adopting healthy tech habits. Basically, the blue light from screen displays inhibits our body’s natural melatonin supply. We feel less tired when reading on a device even if we’re exhausted, and the result is we feel even more tired the next morning. On the other hand, with a print book, there's no blue light wavelength to disrupt sleep patterns. It's the ideal way to wind down after a hard day, and both the brain and body reap the rewards.

There are other ways reading makes you healthier, and they're in the infographic below. Discover what the science says and become inspired to read and be healthier.

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