Scientists have an idea that could help us get to sleep faster. All you need is a pen and paper. The scientists are Baylor University Texas, USA. They did research how we can fall asleep more quickly. They found that writing a to-do list helps people get to sleep faster. Doctor Michael K. Scullin was the lead researcher the study. He said to-do lists make us relax because we don't need to worry the things we have to do. He said that if we write the things we need to do, we can forget them, so we become calmer. He added: "We live a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry unfinished tasks bedtime."
The researchers looked the sleeping patterns 57 male and female university students aged 18 and 30. Half of them had to write down a to-do list five minutes they slept. They had to turn the lights by 10:30pm and could not have access to technology. The researchers found that the participants who wrote to-do lists fell asleep an average 9 minutes faster than those who didn't. They also found that the students who wrote really detailed lists fell asleep faster than students who wrote simple, general lists. The USA's National Sleep Foundation said that 40 per cent American adults have difficulty falling asleep least a few times each month.