7 Ways to Make Reading in Bed Even Better

Little Luxuries and Gadgets for Bedtime Readers

At the end of a long, hard day, it’s such a relief to slide into bed. Face washed, teeth brushed, wearing your most comfortable nightclothes and relaxed between your soft sheets—what could be better? For many people, settling in with a good book to spend a few minutes reading is the best way to end the day.

Whether you prefer an e-reader or old-school books, a great story melts away stress. And a little luxury or a gadget or two that adds to the experience makes reading in bed that much better. If you are looking for a way to thrill a book-lover, or give yourself some much-needed pampering, any of these items should do the trick.

  • 01 of 07

    Bed Wedge Pillow

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    Photo courtesy of Brookstone

    While reading in bed is a treat, it can be undeniably hard on your back and neck. Your regular bed pillows really aren’t sufficient to properly support your entire upper body while sitting up. You need a much larger, firmer support that tapers from your lower back up to your neck like that provided by the Bed Wedge Pillow.

    The pillow's layer of memory foam conforms to your body, providing support without pressure. Plus, you can use it to elevate your feet or your head while sleeping, which is helpful for a number of medical conditions such as swollen legs or nasal congestion.

  • 02 of 07

    Fulcrum Book Light

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    Photo courtesy of Fulcrum Products

    You can’t read without proper light. If you share the bed with a partner who just wants to get some shut-eye, switching on the bedside lamp is probably out of the question. Don’t worry, you don’t have to risk eyestrain to enjoy your book—you just need a handy clip-on light, like the Fulcrum Book Light.

    Simply clip the light onto your book, e-reader, or even your headboard, and angle the bright, LED beam onto your book’s pages. Now you have plenty of light to enjoy your story without bothering your bed partner.

  • 03 of 07

    The Book Seat

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    Photo courtesy of The Book Seat

    Why use your hands to hold your book or tablet when there are better things they can be holding—like a cup of chamomile tea? Perhaps arthritis, injury, or age have made your hands, arms, and shoulders weaker than you’d like. If so, the Book Seat is more than happy to lend a helping hand.

    This ingenious device is filled with polystyrene beads, so it molds to any surface or shape, including your lap. Once positioned, the handy holding shelf supports your book or e-reader just how you like it. The Book Seat also has a storage pocket for your reading glasses or other necessities.

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    Repurposed Spoon Bookmark

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    Photo courtesy of Etsy

    When your eyes start to droop, it’s time to set your book aside for the night. There’s no need to worry about finding your place tomorrow when you have a cute bookmark to hold your page, however.

    One of the cutest—and most unique—is the repurposed teaspoon bookmark sold on the Etsy store of ForSuchATimeDesigns. The vintage spoon is hand-stamped with the words, “Fell Asleep Here.” It's fun for yourself or can make a great gift for anyone who loves to read.

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    Prism Bed Glasses

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    Photo courtesy of Amazon

    You are not going to win any fashion awards while wearing these. However, if fatigue, physical ailments, or sheer laziness prevent you from sitting up while reading (or watching TV), consider slipping on a pair of prism bed glasses.

    These funky glasses have small mirrors that angle your field of vision 90 degrees. This ingenious trick allows you to look straight ahead while lying flat on your back so you can read in ultimate comfort.

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    Sunbeam Chill Away Heated Fleece Wrap

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    Photo courtesy of Sunbeam

    Sure, your lower body is comfy under the blankets, but your upper body still has to face the chill while reading in bed. If you find yourself sliding further and further under the covers to escape the cold, you’ll appreciate a warm throw to toss around your shoulder while you read. And if that throw is heated, so much the better.

    The Sunbeam Chill Away has four heat settings so you can choose the perfect level of toastiness. It also includes two pockets where you can stash tissues while reading the newest tearjerker and it's available in several different colors.

  • 07 of 07

    Go Away I'm Reading Mug

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    Photo courtesy of Etsy

    Few things are more annoying than being disturbed when you're completely engrossed in a good book. Let everyone know you are off-duty and not to be bothered with a special bedtime-reading mug proclaiming, “Go Away, I’m Reading.”

    It's a popular saying for mugs and Etsy is filled with options for you to choose from. Some are kind and include the word "please" while others get straight to the point. Available from many Etsy sellers, you'll find these mugs in various colors, fonts, and with a variety of decorative touches so there's sure to be one that fits your style.