In a fast-paced world, where sleep often eludes many adults, the power of bedtime stories emerges as a tranquil remedy.
According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, incorporating nightly reading into your routine can significantly improve sleep quality by reducing stress levels.
The Sleep Foundation claim that people who read before bed 'generally sleep better, wake up less often, and sleep for longer than people who go to bed without reading'.
Let's take a look at some of our top picks for the best bedtime stories for adults to send you to sleep:
"The Night Circus", Erin Morgenstern.
Step into the enchanting world of "The Night Circus," a mesmerising tale that weaves magic, mystery, and romance into the fabric of dreams.
The story's elegant prose and intricate plot create a bedtime escape that will leave you entranced, making it an ideal choice for those looking to drift away into a world of fantasy.
“The Shipping Forecast”, Kokoon App.
Okay - not strictly a bedtime story, I get you, but close enough.
The Kokoon App features an audio episode of the coastguard’s shipping forecast, delivered via radio from 1922, that’s overlaid on the soft sounds of waves crashing against the coastline.
There really is nothing more mind-numbing that will get you to sleep within 18 minutes.
"The Secret Life of Bees", Sue Monk Kidd.
For those seeking comfort in heartwarming stories, "The Secret Life of Bees" is a touching narrative that explores themes of family, forgiveness, and resilience.
Kidd's lyrical writing style and poignant storytelling make this a perfect bedtime story, providing a sense of warmth and reassurance that lingers even after the last page is turned.
"The Alchemist", Paulo Coelho.
"The Alchemist" is a philosophical and spiritually enriching tale that follows the journey of Santiago, a shepherd boy, as he sets out on a quest to discover his personal legend.
Coelho's masterpiece imparts valuable life lessons, making it an excellent choice for adults seeking bedtime stories that inspire introspection and serenity.
"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine", Gail Honeyman.
Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine for a restless mind. Gail Honeyman's novel introduces readers to the quirky and endearing Eleanor, a socially awkward woman navigating the complexities of modern life.
The narrative's authenticity and the joy of unexpected connections make it an excellent choice for a bedtime story that induces both laughter and introspection.
Which stories would you add to this list?