The Best Books To Read Right Before Bed

Nov 19, 2022 ByClaire Miles

Bedtime is the most crucial moment of the day. It is the point where you can lay down your worries and recharge your batteries for the next day. Most adults struggle to find a way to make bedtime happen, and this is because adults are usually too tired. Reading or listening to bedtime stories is a great way to relieve stress and calm your mind, allowing you to fall into a deep sleep as quickly as when you were a child. Here are a few adult bedtime stories you can listen to or read before sleeping.

“A Telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker is a sweet and light story about a woman waiting for the phone. Just as we wait for a text or message, the main character sits and waits for the man to call. Internal monologue and the lack of anything else will not raise your blood pressure or keep you busy. You will fall asleep, perhaps thinking about your phone call.

“With the Beatles” by Haruki Murakami is a short story you can read at bedtime. The story details a man who discovers the Beatles in his young adulthood and his dating history. The book gives you a feeling of the first time you found your favorite band and how that love develops throughout your life, with a significant event that coincides with new releases. The story is nostalgic and heartwarming.

“Instructions” by Neil Gaiman is more of a poem geared towards younger audiences, but the rhythm is sure to thrill no matter how old you are. As the title suggests, “instructions” is a list of instructions for leaving home, interacting with the world, and returning home. Over time you will meet a goblin, an older woman, a ferryman, an eagle, and a ghost. You pick strawberries, return favors, and grow up in your time away. This book is one of those bedtime stories for adults and children alike.