If you toss and turn in bed each night, you're not alone.
If you're among the great many Americans who shell out for pills and gadgets to try and get a good night's sleep,
A productivity aid that's great for your sleep too.
You're no doubt already familiar with the to-do list. In fact, you probably use one regularly to make sure you don't forget tasks and deadlines. But what does this common as dirt productivity tool have to do with sleep? Quite a lot, a new study from Michael Scullin of Baylor University suggests.
The research had a simple set-up: invite 57 volunteers with no history of serious insomnia into a sleep lab and ask them to one of two things before settling in for the night. Half were asked to do a bit of traditional journaling, recording the events of the day and reflecting on them. The other half penned a standard to-do list.
Which worked better to send people off to dreamland quicker, written reflection or a brain dump of outstanding tasks?
Objective observations of brain waves showed that those who offloaded their outstanding responsibilities to paper fell asleep 10 minutes faster than those who simply mused on their day's accomplishments, drifting off in a relatively speedy 15 minutes. And the more detailed the to-do list, the faster people fell people.
Why? The researchers think that committing undone tasks to paper
Crafting the perfect nighttime routine
Now, there are good reasons why you might want to hold on to your old
Also, jotting down your to-do list is just one component of a healthy bedtime routine. If you