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Why This Sleep Study Tip Helps High Achievers to Fall Asleep Faster

To Do List

The high achiever tosses and turns in bed as they face the enormity of tasks they face the next day. They wonder how they are going to get it all done and then yet another task pops into their mind. Now they’re sure they are going to forget something. Does this scenario sound familiar? New research shows that this tip will help anyone, especially high achievers, to fall asleep faster every night.


This simple tip will only take 5 minutes of your evening, and it will save you many minutes of staring at the ceiling according to a new study conducted by the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Previous research has shown that the act of writing down worries or anxious thought patterns can reduce stress levels, but the psychologists at Baylor University took it one step further in this study.

Sleep Study Results

The psychologists recruited 57 participants in the age range of 18-30 to be monitored overnight and have their sleep patterns evaluated. The participants were divided into two groups, consisting of one that wrote down the tasks for the close future and another that wrote down the tasks they had completed in the near past.

The analyzed data revealed that the people who wrote down their future tasks for the next day and beyond fell asleep 9 minutes faster than the other group. The act of writing down the tasks that were tangled in their minds freed them from the anxiety of trying to remember all the to-do’s. The participants that wrote the longest, most detailed lists fell asleep the quickest out of the first group.

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9 Extra Minutes of Sleep

Michael Scullin, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, stated as lead author of the study according to Time Magazine: “It’s not insignificant. Getting nine extra minutes of sleep every night can actually make a real difference.”

This simple tip may make an even bigger difference for those suffering from insomnia. If this tip happened to relieve anxiety for insomniacs, then it would free their mind to the possibility of rest. An anxious mind may contribute to restless, shallow sleep as well. This tip may help to significantly improve the overall quality of your sleep.

Insomnia Relief?

As a former chronic insomniac, I can relate to the phenomenon of a racing mind. I personally have noticed that I do fall asleep faster when I make lists at night or even just journal my personal thoughts before turning out the lights. I also think that a positive mindset is important just before you fall asleep. Negativity only serves to pollute the jumbled chaos of our minds even further at a time when we need to shut down all mental stimuli.

It is absolutely critical that we receive 8 hours of sleep per night, and if you suffer from a chronic illness this amount may not be enough. Sleep is the only state of absolute rest in which the body can heal and repair. At all other times our resting state can be easily disrupted. We must make sleep a priority in our lives and because this tip has the potential to help us meet our bedtime goals, it is certainly worth a try!