Best Book Light

I have found the best book light is one that is bright enough for me to read without using a lamp but doesn't disturb my husband's sleep.

One of the best all natural sleep aids for me has been reading with the use of a book light. When I find that my mind is racing and thinking about too many things as I am trying to fall asleep, a good book is a great way to calm and distract my busy mind.

Warm Amber Book Light 

While reading a book at night can be relaxing, you don't want the blue light that's emitted from most LED lights to interfere with your melatonin production. Specially designed warm, amber lights from SomniLight, are similar to candlelight and emit only long wavelength light meaning it's free from blue wavelengths that block your much needed melatonin production that gives you that sleepy feeling. 

This rechargeable book light has two lights each with 2 settings - one click for on, two clicks for brighter, and the third click turns it off. 

SomniLight Rechargeable Amber Book Light

Rechargeable with Two Brightness Settings

You can read up to 10 hours in one charge with this rechargeable book light.

Two different settings of brightness with each of them evenly distributing light on both book pages for less eye strain.  Many people prefer the lower setting for night time reading.

The durable clamp and flexible arm (which stays in place) allows you to adjust the light just where you need it. 

LuminoLite Rechargeable Extra-Bright 4 LED Reading Light with Clip On and 2 Brightness Settings Bundle with USB Cable & AC Charger

Book Reading Light and Melatonin

best book light

If you are like me and like to read before you go to sleep, use a book light instead of a bedside lamp. As the evening progresses you want to start dimming lights so that melatonin production increases.

A bright light next to your bed for reading hinders that from happening. Instead use a clip on book light in a dark bedroom. Even if my husband isn't home I use a book light to read. While it is a considerate thing to use if you have a partner wanting to sleep, it also helps you to unwind.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

The darkened bedroom helps me to relax and to shut down even though I am reading.

In addition to using a book light I always wear this pair of blue light blocking glasses.  You can pick the magnification you need from 1.5x to 3x.

The amber lens blocks all blue light coming from your book light or any other light that is coming into the bedroom which means more melatonin which means you will fall asleep faster and for a longer period of time.

Bluelight Blocking Glassess with Bifocals

Another key element to reading before bedtime is to choose books that are not full of suspense, violence or other plots that will excite you. Read those types of books during the day.

The purpose of my reading before going to sleep is to help me wind down - not get more wound up. The classics like Jane Eyre, Les Miserable, or Ben Hur are the kind of books that I enjoy but are not too exciting.

Mighty Bright Book Light

I lost my rechargeable book light on a trip and couldn't find the USB cord to charge my other rechargeable book light, so I was resorting to reading with a flashlight at night, which I do not recommend.

best book light

On my way home from work I stopped at Books A Million and bought the Mighty Bright Book Light, even though it is only powered by batteries. However it does use an easy to replace AAA battery, which is better than trying to find those little round ones.

Some battery operated lights I have used went out in less than a week and replacing the batteries was not only expensive, but very inconvenient. I found the batteries in this one last a long time which means I don't mind that it isn't rechargable.

I was surprised by how much brighter it is than my other book lights and I like how it bends with it's really flexible arm. The bright LED lights makes it easier to read and with less eye strain.

It has a strong clip that can be placed in the spine of the book or the cover, so you are not moving the light with every page. If you are looking for a really nice bright book light, this one is it. It lights up the whole page for easy night time reading.

Find one at Amazon here:

Mighty Bright-Blu-Xflex 2-Light

Kindle Paperwhite

Generally I recommend no electronics at bedtime unless you are wearing blue light blocking glasses.

Studies on the impact of e-book readers and sleep, have concluded that the blue light from the screen can interfere with our sleep clock. The bright light seen from any screen is interpreted by the brain as daytime and suppresses the production of melatonin. It also stimulates the brain and can interfere with the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

However, the Kindle Paperwhite has a more dull or flat light and does not have the glare that other electronic readers have. If I need to read before bedtime I turn off the lamp next to the bed, turn down the background light on the Kindle Paperwhite to really low (and increase the font size so I can read).

It doesn't seem to interfere with my ability to fall asleep quickly and is easier to hold than a book and book light.

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

Reading before bed can be a great way to relax and unwind if you keep the lights down and choose reading material that promotes a sense of well being.  Most sleep experts recommend that you choose fiction or biographies rather than books that are related to work or your profession. 

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