Make a List; Fall Asleep Faster

Maricruz Casares
Enero 13, 2018

What's more, people who wrote longer and more specific to-do lists fell asleep faster than those who wrote shorter, more general ones.

They split 5 7 students into the two classes and tracked their sleeping in Baylor University, at Texas.

About 40 percent of Americans have problems falling asleep and they spend billions every year on sleep aids and remedies. "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".

Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities.

There are just two schools of thought about that particular."1 is the fact that now talking about the future could lead to increased stress about unfinished activities and wait for sleep, while sourcing about finished activities should perhaps not trigger stress."The alternative hypothesis is that composing a to-do record will "offload" these thoughts and cut back stress" Some 51 percentage of Brits have trouble dropping off to sleep, with women three times more likely to undergo from the findings are printed in the Journal of Experimental Psych".

Lead author and the study's leader Dr Michael Scullin said that writing the list of things to remember allowed people to "offload" their thoughts - which ultimately reduced their stress, letting them sleep soundly.

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WRITING a "to-do" list at bedtime helps people fall asleep faster, a study found. Each person completed a writing assignment five minutes before bed.

Students stayed in the lab on a weekday night to avoid weekend effects on bedtime and because on a weekday night, they probably had unfinished tasks to do the next day, Scullin said. The other half were asked to write down tasks they'd completed earlier that day and in the previous few days.

Prof Scullin said: "We had them in a controlled environment and absolutely restricted any technology, homework, etc".

Scullin noted that while the sample size was appropriate for an experimental, laboratory-based polysomnography study, a larger future study would be of value.

Prof Scullin said: "Measures of personality, anxiety and depression might moderate the effects of writing on falling asleep, and that could be explored in an investigation with a larger sample". "We recruited healthy young adults, and so we don't know whether our findings would generalize to patients with insomnia, though some writing activities have previously been suggested to benefit such patients".

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