5 min to better sleep

March 21, 2018

Everyone knows getting a good nights sleep is paramount to starting your days with energy and a clear head. But did you know that the key to a good nights sleep is writing a to-do list?  People who spent five minutes a night writing a to-do list before bed, fell asleep faster than participants who spent the same amount of time journaling about what they had accomplished that day. Experts say the anxiety of thinking about what you have to do the next day often prohibits your brain from drifting off to sleep. Lead study author Michael Scullin, Ph.D., principal investigator at the Sleep Neuroscience & Cognition Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas explains "Writing helps us to off-load information from our mind. We don’t have to keep obsessing over it because we know we have it on paper." (Further More)

So take five minutes to make a list of the next days tasks and make sure you're specific. Vaguness will keep you awake longer, ruminating on the task. Instead of jotting down "pack gym bag", try listing out the items you'll need in your gym bag.

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