The Sleep Council reading-a-book Make Time For Story Hour  National Storytelling Week starts tomorrow (1st – 8th February) and it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone about the joys of storytelling – whether retelling something that’s happened in your day; reading a night time story to a child; or watching a plot unfold on TV.

At the Sleep Council we love a good story and we thought this was a great opportunity to remind you all that reading before bed is a great way to wind down – and no we don’t count reading Facebook statuses and tweets – properly reading a book, magazine or newspaper is much better for sleep than tucking up with a smartphone to check your social media!

Our Great British Bedtime Report last year found that going to bed with a book is still the most popular way to wind down before bed (41% of respondents) – which we were pleased to hear – followed in second place by watching TV and then using a laptop or other mobile device.

It’s extremely important for adults and children to relax properly before bed and reading a book/magazine/newspaper helps to establish a bedtime routine. After a long hard day or if your head is buzzing with things-to-do, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book in bed to help calm the nerves and clear the mind.

Everyone loves a good story so make it your mission this week to participate.

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