This Simple Trick Will Help You Get To Sleep Faster – And Stop You Waking Up In The Night


WRITING a “to-do” list at bedtime helps people fall asleep faster, a study found.

People who spent five minutes jotting down a list of upcoming tasks drifted off nine minutes quicker.

Getty – Contributor Writing a to do list can help you fall asleep nine minutes faster

And drawing up a more detailed list boosted this benefit to 15 minutes.

American researchers compared the effect of writing a “to-do” list with compiling a “completed” list.

They split 57 students into the two groups and monitored their sleep at Baylor University, in Texas.

Participants in the “to-do” group fell asleep an average of 16 minutes after lights out.

Getty – Contributor People who write lists are also less likely to wake up during the night

And those in the “completed” group fell asleep after an average of 25 minutes.

Study leader Dr Michael Scullin said writing a “to-do” list allowed people to “offload” their thoughts.

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This reduced their stress, giving them a better night’s sleep.

He added: “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished tasks at bedtime.

“Most people just cycle through their to-do lists in their heads, and so we wanted to explore whether the act of writing them down could counteract night-time difficulties with falling asleep.

“There are two schools of thought about this.

“One is that writing about the future would lead to increased worry about unfinished tasks and delay sleep, while journaling about completed activities should not trigger worry.

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