- Help put your consciousness on another plane, which will help you sleep.
- Reduce stress by taking your mind off your problems
- Help you be more creative by giving your subconscious fuel for dreams and problem solving
- Help you concentrate by forcing you to focus on one thing at a time (as opposed to looking at Facebook)
- Make you more empathetic by giving you another viewpoint
- Help you create a quite place before bed.
Are you a Librocubicularist?
I love to read. That's a pretty well-known fact, and I know that many of you are exactly the same. We like to get our tea or coffee, grab our book, and find a comfy place to spend a few hours immersed in the story. That comfy place could be a favorite chair, a padded windowsill, or snuggled up on our bed. In fact, reading in bed is exactly what I want to talk about today. This week's word is Librocubicularist, which translates as “A person who reads in bed.” Librocubicularist (lib-ro-kyoo-bi-kyoo-la-rist) comes from the Latin words liber (book) and cubiculum (bedroom). The plural is librocubicularists. This super long word first appeard (as far as I can tell, anyway) in Christopher Morley's novel “The Haunted Bookshop”,circa 1921. The passage read: "All right," said the bookseller amiably. "Miss Chapman, you take the book up with you and you read it in bed if you want to. Are you a librocubicularist?" Titania looked a little scandalized. "It's all right, my dear," said Helen. "HE only means you are fond of reading in bed." That's the only instance I could find of it ever being used in literature, though it did appear in the 1981 special edition of Trivial Pursuit. Maybe we should use it more often?
Librocubicularist is a noun and can be used as such when writing. Some examples may include:
“A strange thought occurred to me when I snuggled into the old comforter. I was a librocubicularist.”
“My husband hates it when I read in bed, but, as a librocubicularist, I can't help myself.”
Now that we have the basics of the word out of the way, I want to talk to you about some reasons why you should read in bed. Well, before bed, anyway.
Reading a book before bed can: