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Can Writing Your 'To-do's' Help You to Doze?

Can Writing Your 'To-do's' Help You to Doze?

Half of the people were asked to take five minutes to write down, in bullet points or in paragraph form, "everything you have to keep in mind to do tomorrow and over the next few days", the study authors write.

"The alternative hypothesis is that writing a to-do list will "offload" those thoughts and reduce worry".

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

57 students were split into two groups, where researchers monitored their sleep.

The US researchers asked some study participants to spend five minutes before bed writing a list, in paragraph or bullet point form, of tasks they needed to keep in mind to complete over the next few days.

Those who wrote a "to-do" list found it easier to drop off to sleep than those who had listed tasks done all ready, psychologists found.

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One group was told to write about the tasks they had completed over the last few days, while the other had to write about everything they needed to do not forget to do over the next few days.

"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. Instead of spending hard earned cash, falling asleep could be as simple as writing a to-do list.

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". "Getting nine extra minutes of sleep every night can actually make a real difference".

The stress of unread emails and incomplete work may explain why people most struggle to fall asleep at the start of the working week. "You might think that people who have busier lives and more things on their plate would lie awake longer thinking about them", he says.

Some 40 percent of American adults report difficulty falling asleep at least a few times each month, according to the National Sleep Foundation, Scullin said.

'But writing that you have to return a call to Susan, pick up groceries on the way home, get milk or petrol because you are going to be driving, this specificity helps to offload all those things unconsciously ruminating around in your head'. If restless nights continue, he adds, talk to your doctor or a sleep specialist.


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