Nugget of Knowledge: Fall asleep faster

The Journal of Experimental Psychology has a tip to clear your mind of racing thoughts at bedtime

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –  Having trouble falling asleep?

Maybe your mind is racing and you can’t shift it into a lower gear.

A study from the Journal of Experimental Psychology has a suggestion: Make a list.

Baylor University did a test on people between the ages of 18 and 30 and kept them overnight in a sleep lab. Those who wrote down things that they had to do the next day fell asleep an average of nine minutes faster than the others who just wrote down what they had already done.

The more specific the list, the faster they were able to sleep.

The act of making a to-do list might be one way the brain can let go of its thoughts. Just lying there thinking of what you have to do is not the same thing.

One more tip: If you’re still having trouble drifting off, lower your body temperature.

Just uncover one foot. Your feet and hands contain blood vessels that are designed to dissipate heat. They’re just under the skin, so expose some skin to the cooler air outside of a blanket. The blood cools a bit, and your core temperature goes down as you’re hitting the Zs.