WRITE A TO-DO LIST FOR A BETTER SLEEP
Having trouble nodding off? Bust out your notebook, say US scientists. A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology had two groups of volunteers complete a five-minute writing task before bed – one wrote a to- do list for the next few days, the other listed tasks they’d completed. The to- do list group fell asleep nine minutes faster, on average, than the others. It’s thought that ‘offloading’ helps reduce worry over unfinished tasks. Just don’t write the list on your phone – its blue light disrupts the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.