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From the Director: The Science Behind Reading

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There have been several studies on how reading affects the brain and our health, and you'll be pleased to know there are lots of benefits and no disadvantages.

Reading reduces stress by up to 68%. Reading a print book before bed every night can aid sleep. Your brain will relax and begin to wind down for the night; then, if you keep this routine long enough, the brain starts treating your nightly reading time as a cue.

Children's vocabulary expands by 50% more through reading than it does through television shows. Reading has been proven to aid depression, whether the affected person reads a book themself, or someone reads aloud to them.

People with depression report feeling more optimistic after reading or being read to. Apart from boosting one’s mental health, reading can have physical benefits, which is important to us as we age. Reading can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, leading to a lower risk of stroke and heart disease.

With such great benefits to your health, there are a whole host of reasons why you need to read that book instead of wondering what to do with your free time. Reap the benefits of reading at Smyth Public Library, online or pop into the library for a quick stop or pick up your curbside reserves.  Stay healthy with us!

- Heidi Deacon, Director, Smyth Library