Despite giving myself plenty of time to wind down with a favorite book, I was suddenly having a hard time falling asleep. My tried-and-true method since I was a kid wasn't working any more!
Then I realized - I had switched from books to iPad e-reader and the glowing screen was keeping me alert. I was messing up my melatonine signals and it was taking me up to an hour or two to fall asleep.
So that was that, no more iPad reading for me. And I can't say I'm sad. Yes, it was convenient. But there's something satisfying about the sensory experience of holding a book, flipping the pages, appreciating the cover art and the font. And I'm not alone with this sentiment. Pew Research reports that in a digital age, parents value printed books for their kids.
I'm on the computer all day and if I'm being honest, it's nice to have a break from a glowing screen. There's research to back that up too. It's called Eye Fatigue and the way to help the fatigue is to stop looking at the screen.
Another nice thing about reading a print book - there's no possibility of checking email. Self-control is a lot easier when the temptation is removed. And e-readers require moment-to-moment self-control from taking a quick peek.
So I'm a regular now at the library. I always have a queue of books on hold. And I'm back to my normal sleep patterns and glad for the easy fix.
Photo credit: J. Reimer-Epp, of me reading my brother's PhD dissertation