In a new survey, researchers found that a majority of U.S. people lose sleep due to reading.
Losing sleep to get lost in a book can take a toll on health, and it’s more common in women than men.
The research was conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
In the study, the team found a majority (66%) of U.S. adults report losing sleep due to staying up “past their bedtime” to finish a book.
The survey also found that women (71%) are more likely to lose sleep due to reading a book than men (61%).
The researchers say it can be tempting to try and squeeze in one more chapter of a great book, but everyone should make it a priority to get enough sleep to wake to feel refreshed and alert.
If you find yourself losing track of time while reading, it may be time to change up your nighttime routine.
Consistently waking up feeling unrefreshed, or struggling to stay awake throughout the day, is a warning sign that either you are not getting enough sleep, or you may have an untreated sleep disorder.
They recommend setting a bedtime alarm to remind yourself that it’s time to put the book down for the night.
If you are unsure about how many hours of sleep you should be getting, the AASM bedtime calculator can help identify the appropriate bedtime based on your schedule and age.
The personalized calculation can help you keep a routine that will provide adequate, healthy sleep, so you can finish your next novel without nodding-off.
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