The Reading / Listening - To-do Lists - Level 2

Scientists have an idea to help us get to sleep faster. All you need is a pen and paper. The scientists looked at how we can fall asleep more quickly. Writing a to-do list helps people get to sleep faster. The researchers said to-do lists help us to relax because we don't need to worry about things we have to do. If we write down the things we have to do, we can forget about them. This makes us calmer. A researcher said: "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."



The researchers looked at the sleeping patterns of 57 university students aged between 18 and 30. Half of them wrote down a to-do list five minutes before they slept. They had to sleep by 10:30pm and could not use technology. The participants who wrote to-do lists fell asleep an average of 9 minutes faster than those who didn't. They also found that the students who wrote detailed lists fell asleep faster than students who wrote simple lists. The National Sleep Foundation said that around 40 per cent of adults have difficulty falling asleep a few times each month.

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    To-do Lists - Level 0 To-do Lists - Level 1   or  To-do Lists - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/01/13/writing-a-to-do-list-may-help-you-sleep-faster-study-says/23332682/
  • https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/13/writing-a-to-do-list-may-help-you-fall-asleep/131170.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/61422-journal-writing-sleep-better.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. All you need is a
  2. how we can fall asleep
  3. we don't need to worry
  4. write down the things we
  5. This makes
  6. We live in
  7. our to-do lists seem to be
  8. worry about unfinished
  1. a 24/7 culture
  2. pen and paper
  3. tasks
  4. about things
  5. constantly growing
  6. have to do
  7. more quickly
  8. us calmer

Paragraph 2

  1. sleeping
  2. wrote down a to-do list five minutes
  3. They had to sleep
  4. fell asleep an average of
  5. detailed
  6. students who wrote
  7. adults have difficulty
  8. a few times
  1. lists
  2. falling asleep
  3. each month
  4. by 10:30pm
  5. patterns
  6. before they slept
  7. 9 minutes faster
  8. simple lists

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have an idea (1) ___________________ get to sleep faster. All you (2) ___________________ pen and paper. The scientists looked at how we can fall (3) ___________________. Writing a to-do list helps people get to sleep faster. The researchers said to-do lists help us to relax because we don't need to worry about things we (4) ___________________. If we write down the things we have to do, we can forget about them. This makes us calmer. A researcher said: "We live (5) ___________________ culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about (6) ___________________ bedtime."

The researchers looked at (7) ___________________ of 57 university students aged between 18 and 30. Half of them wrote down a to-do list five minutes (8) ___________________. They had to sleep by 10:30pm and (9) ___________________ technology. The participants who wrote to-do lists fell asleep an average of 9 minutes faster than those who didn't. They (10) ___________________ the students who wrote detailed lists fell asleep faster than students who (11) ___________________. The National Sleep Foundation said that around 40 per cent of adults (12) ___________________ asleep a few times each month.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshaveanideatohelpusgettosleepfaster.Allyouneedisapenan
dpaper.Thescientistslookedathowwecanfallasleepmorequickly.Writi
ngato-dolisthelpspeoplegettosleepfaster.Theresearcherssaidto-dol
istshelpustorelaxbecausewedon'tneedtoworryaboutthingswehavet
odo.Ifwewritedownthethingswehavetodo,wecanforgetaboutthem.T
hismakesuscalmer.Aresearchersaid:"Weliveina24/7cultureinwhich
ourto-dolistsseemtobeconstantlygrowingandcausingustoworryabo
utunfinishedtasksatbedtime."Theresearcherslookedatthesleepingp
atternsof57universitystudentsagedbetween18and30.Halfofthemwr
otedownato-dolistfiveminutesbeforetheyslept.Theyhadtosleepb
y10:30pmandcouldnotusetechnology.Theparticipantswhowroteto-
dolistsfellasleepanaverageof9minutesfasterthanthosewhodidn't.Th
eyalsofoundthatthestudentswhowrotedetailedlistsfellasleepfastert
hanstudentswhowrotesimplelists.TheNationalSleepFoundationsaid
thataround40percentofadultshavedifficultyfallingasleepafewtimese
achmonth.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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