Our Favorite Books to Unwind With Before Bed

Reading before bed is one of the best habits you can incorporate into your wind-down routine. Some books are more relaxing than others, but any type of reading is a far better alternative to the screens that disrupt your circadian rhythm.

Sleep consultants recommend beginning the wind-down process at least 30 minutes before bed. Enjoy a calming beverage and curl up with one of our favorite books – you’ll be sleeping peacefully before you know it.

Nothing Much Happens: Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep by Kathryn Nicolai

Based on Nicolai’s podcast of the same name, Nothing Much Happens explores small, sweet moments of joy and relaxation, like watching fireflies during summer. The simplicity and peaceful nature of each story has helped fans of Nicolai’s work beat insomnia and find creative peace. The book includes whimsical illustrations to accompany each sweet story. Give your anxious mind a moment of reprieve and let this book carry you off to dreamland.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Haig originally pieced this book together from a series of notes, lists and stories he wrote to encourage himself over the years. Drawing on history, science, and real-life experience, Haig’s writing has been described as “a hug in book form” and “full of keen perspective.”

Devotions by Mary Oliver

This definitive collection of Oliver’s poems will have you thinking deeply and lovingly about the natural world as you drift off to bed. Each poem is mindful, luminous, and like a hug from a dear friend.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim

Sunim’s book of spiritual wisdom is the antidote to fear-mongering news cycles and endless scrolling on social media. The Buddhist meditation teacher emphasizes self-compassion and forgiveness, forging deeper connections with others, and taking well-deserved moments to pause in his bestselling book.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A classic of English children’s literature, Burnett’s tale is nevertheless enjoyable for all ages. Follow Mary as she brings her reclusive uncle’s garden back to life and forms lasting friendships with an enchanting cast of characters. The immersive, fairytale-like quality of Burnett’s writing makes for delightful reading before bed.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

A worldwide bestseller, Coehlo’s tale of magic, mysticism and wonder has an almost universal appeal. It follows the story of Santiago, who seeks worldly treasure but finds something far more meaningful at the end of his journey. A moving tale of self-discovery that belongs on every reader’s bedside nook.

Give Yourself the Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

We hope you find your new favorite book to read before bed among our favorites. For more sleep insights or to connect with a sleep consultant near you, reach out to us today.