Reading has always been an essential aspect when it comes to working on yourself for most people. With the advent of the information age, life has almost moved to the Internet. We are overwhelmed by the pile of information on our laptops, smartphones, and other electronic devices through which much of modern communication takes place. It enriches our inner life and forces us to take the path of self-discovery to recognize our affinities better, understand the world around us, find answers.
As we scroll through the pages of the book, and we are stunned by the infectious smell of the paper, we can ask ourselves many questions. Great writers and minds have tried to explain the importance of reading. Still, one wise Egyptian quote probably gave the best answer: “Reading is more valuable than any monument adorned with paintings, relief, and woodcarving because it builds monuments in the heart of the one who reads.” Young people have the stereotype that reading is a habit of introverted, weak, and asocial people. They are wrong. They can take away our property and give us a cancellation. Still, they cannot take away our knowledge, because it only creates new value, the reason why we walk the planet upright and make us more prepared for the various challenges of life. Some also say that reading is an escape from reality. They are partly right. But leaving reality and going into the world of imagination makes us spiritual beings. Moving into the dimension of reading, we move to another galaxy, find peace, raise our consciousness, occupy our senses. That is why sometimes we stay hypnotized for hours at a time and neglect commitments, inadvertently break promises, sleepless, forgetting to eat.
Reading develops emotional and intellectual capacities. Research has shown that empathy is growing in proportion to reading. It sharpens the mind, makes us a better person, strengthens concentration, improves memory, expands vocabulary, relieves depression, reduces stress, stimulates creativity, motivates. As we are immersed in the world of fictional spiritual growth, we often do so at bedtime. For some, the bed became a “natural environment” and a replacement for an armchair, a desk, an office. For many of us, bedtime reading is a kind of expression of hedonism. Students during the exam period are mostly sleeping and learning most of the day, so for 24 hours, we can see them in sixty different poses from the classic “Turkish sed,” lying down, upside down with legs up and markers scattered all over the bed. Conventional people, like older people, think that bed is a place for rest and quality sleep and should not have any other function. Some consider that reading is like prayer and that it should be done in the most sacred and ceremonial place.
Ancient philosophers believed that the best absorption effect while reading was achieved by slow walking in nature. Reading while you are on the bed is also thought to affect our subconscious because apart from sleeping, on average, eight hours a day. The extra time spent in that place makes us lazy, gives us muscle atrophy, lack of overall energy. We are being dragged to the bed that becomes a place for many other activities. The opinions of medical experts and those who enjoy this activity are divided; some believe that everything is good that fulfills and makes us happy. Still, reading is undoubtedly a good and useful activity, but the real question is, is the bed the right place to do it? There is no dilemma that when reading in bed, the body is not in the correct position as we are sitting at the table.
After hours of reading, our body parts are tingling, braking, we start to feel the pain. It’s hard to find a perfectly comfortable reading position that will bring us pleasure and good for our bodies at the same time. We often start reading by holding the book or smart device slightly above the chest while lying on our back, but after a while, the body sends a signal that it is not in the proper position with pain in the neck, hips, arms, knees, shoulders. Then we change positions in the circle, we throw ourselves to the side and hold our head with one hand, we turn to our stomachs while our forearms are lifted or with both hands we keep our head pointed towards the book, eventually returning to the same positions. Almost none guarantees a perfect position. There is also a disruption of circulation and high eye strain, especially at night, when the table lamp does not shed enough light on the surface. On the other hand, it gives us a muted ambiance, so we resort to reading lamps, which generally does not solve the problem, especially those ordinary cheaper models.
Doctors advocate that sitting with crossed legs in the shape of the letter “J” provides the best treatment for the body if we are with our backs against the wall or backrest, and we hold the book in our lap on a thicker pillow to keep our eyes as close as possible. This position frees hands, ensures proper breathing, does not impair vision, makes us more focused, data feeds into our minds most importantly if this activity is learning. Since there is no ideal natural position for reading in bed, we should get a bunch of pillows, support each body part, and change positions if you spend hours reading. Enjoy reading, work on yourself, possibly consider buying a special reading table on the bed, and remember to stretch at least every 90 minutes.
The most crucial part when it comes to reading in bed is a good and quality reading lamp. In order not to damage your vision, you need to ask what makes a good reading lamp. What kind of light color is best for reading from bed, how much distance should be between you and the lamp, how many lumens for a reading lamp is needed? All of these questions should be answered in order not to damage your health.