reading is one activity which we all do. few people like to take the book to their bed and read in a relaxing posture.
if you are one of them then do make sure that you don’t put strain or stress on your eyes or neck while reading. e.g if you are in the habit of reading while lying down on your back then its a not a healthy posture. find out what is the best position to read.
why you shouldn’t read while lying down:
1. when you lie down and look up to read the book then it puts strain on your neck and eyes. this position gives stress to your eyes and tires them quickly. it is not the ideal position to read.
i have tried other reading positions also like lying down on bed and keeping the book on floor. this i found the most uncomfortable position for reading specially for the neck. another position which many people use is to lie down on sideways and hold the back in hand. this position tires your hands and you are also not able to give your total attention to the book.
according to experts the ideal position is to read while sitting down. if you want to read comfortably in your bed then make use of pillows to support your back and read in sitting position. care should be taken that there is optimum distance between your eyes and the book. it should not be too close or two far.
also make sure that you don’t read in the dark places. read where there is enough sunlight so that it does not strain your eyes.
2. when you sit and read the book then your backbone is straight and you are more conscious and your brain works better. on the other hand, when you lie down and read the book then you cannot grasp the subject well. reading while lying down can work for books where you are just reading for passing time like reading a thriller or comedy or just any fiction book.
but if you want to learn the subject or you are reading a spiritual book then better to sit and keep your backbone straight. in that position you are more alert and you give more attention and respect to the book. this is one of the reason hindu shashtras does not recommend reading books while lying down.