Doing This One Thing Will Help You Fall Asleep At Night

A speedy way to get to dreamland.

By Marilyn Nelson on April 30, 2018
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Having trouble getting to sleep? Just make a to-do list.  A new study out of Baylor University finds when people write a to-do list before bed it actually helps them sleep better.

Why? Well, it’s because just simply writing down what you need to do the next day, before you go to sleep, keeps it from swirling in your head while you’re trying to get to sleep.

“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,” said lead author Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience.  “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 nighttime difficulties with falling asleep.”

So, if that’s you, try it! Just write down all the things in your head before bed and see how much more easily you slip off to sleep!