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Turning a Page: The Benefits of Reading Physical Books

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Montclair chapter.

With the rise of book blogs and BookTok, there seem to be more young readers than ever in today’s society. A society that is filled with social media and electronics is turning to physical books for a chance. Some readers enjoy books as hobbies, while others are forced to pick them up for school. Is there any benefit to reading? The answer to that question is that you’ll start to see and feel a difference once you pick up a book that finally shows you how amazing reading can be.

Physical Health

Believe it or not, reading books can actually help your overall bodily health. The most prominent is the fact that when you pick up a physical book, you are not looking at an OLED or LED screen. One could say that books promote eye health, as it’s important to not constantly find yourself staring at a screen all day as it can cause eye strain, headaches, and even migraines.

Books are also known to help reduce stress and improve sleep. Many people prefer to read before bed, as it helps them relax and gets them into a sleepier state. If you use your phone or another electronic device before bed, it’s harder to fall asleep as the blue light from your screen disrupts melatonin levels, which ruins your sleep cycle.

Mental Health

There are a multitude of pros that come with reading books that are linked to overall mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, reading helps reduce stress levels, increase relaxation, promote “present living,” and boost general creativity. Reading a certain genre is bound to encapsulate you into another world, which helps you forget about real-world problems and lets you relax and enjoy the story that you have dug into.

What are you waiting for? Help promote the reading industry while also improving your health.

I am a current MSU senior majoring in linguistics and minoring in Korean and Classics. My love for writing and reading has set me on a path to enter the publishing industry! When I'm not at school you can find my reading outside, working and visiting local towns.