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Health Report: Benefits of Reading

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According to recent studies, there are some surprising health benefits to reading.

While some may think reading is boring and difficult to keep up with, recent studies show there're several health benefits to picking up a book.
Lewis and Clark County Library Communications Director Patricia Spencer says the perks to reading are endless.

"The more you're reading the most active you are. Our literacy levels increase and it just benefits society overall if we are reading."
Spencer says diving into a good book can improve communication skills, build a stronger brain, and improve sleep.

"Our brains need that sleep time to unwind and disconnect, and if you will, the brain is just a gigantic computer and it needs to reboot."
But spencer says the best bonus of reading is how it can put your mind at ease.

According to a recent national study, just reading for ten minutes a day can reduce stress by more than 60% without adding any form of exercise.

Spencer says, "Even reading on an electronic reader doesn't count in this case because  those pixels coming at us. But if you read 20 to 30 minutes before bed time it really starts to signal the brain ok we are unwinding, time to relax, time to go to sleep."
Need another reason to pick up a book? According to a Stanford University study, low literacy rates can cost the healthcare industry up to $70 million every year.

Spencer says, "Your library card is your ticket to the world, and it truly is. If you open a book no matter who the author is, not matter what your interest is, fiction or non-fiction, you can go any place in the world."


Story by Camilla Rambaldi, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2014 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. 


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