I’ve always loved falling to sleep with a good novel. The book slowly falling away from hand and then me blissfully transitioning into sleep land. Except, there was one problem. I still had to get out of bed and turn off the main light in my bedroom. If this minor mission of walking two steps and flipping the switch went successfully then beautiful sleep would follow. If a stubbed toe or any other little aberration interrupted me during this final pre-sleep maneuver then disaster would follow – I would be too awake to sleep and I would have to get the mind ready for sleep all over again.
My wife used to hate me reading before sleep. She didn’t like the fact that the whole room was lit up. She’s an energy conversation fanatic so she also hated when too much energy was used to light up the whole house. Also, I have to confess, I sometimes fell asleep and she was the one who had to get out of bed to turn off the light.
But, I’ve fixed that now. My new lamp has a large enough of an illumination area for when I do work by it, but it’s still an area lamp so her half of the room is spared from direct light. Also, the lamp I use now has LED bulbs so the energy conservationist part of my wife is happy too.
My brain used to hate the lighting I used when reading before going to sleep. I didn’t realise it at the time but the light I was using was too bright – what science refers to as blue light. This light is similar to that of sunshine and it makes our brain think that it’s time to be awake. I was literally telling my brain to stay awake (with the light I was using), while trying desperately to fall asleep.
Don’t worry, I’ve fixed that now. I use a lamp with temperature control illumination. I set it lower as I get into relaxed mode and get closer to sleep. Now my brain hears the message “You’re getting sleepier and sleepier”, loud and clear. I’m falling asleep faster and fall into deeper and a more rejuvenating slumber every single night.
So that’s my story of how I fixed my pre-sleep reading blues. You can do it too and your body, brain, and wife will thank you for it.