Several studies say that electronic screens are not good for our sleep routine, because televisions, phones, and laptops stimulate our brains, making us more alert.
A 2019 study found that glow from TV can disrupt our internal clock and cause an imbalance in melatonin levels, which plays a key role in helping us sleep soundly. Similarly, a previous study from 2014 found that watching TV before bed leads to poor sleep quality and fatigue the next day.
To break this harmful habit, a new study recommends a simple trick that can help calm your mind after spending a while watching TV and help you fall asleep faster.
And sleep researcher Michael Scullin suggested that writing down future tasks can help you “take a load off” before bed.
According to the study published in Psychological Science, spending five to 10 minutes writing a to-do list can help people fall asleep faster.
Notably, the researchers suggest skipping TV and screen time altogether and trying writing a to-do list instead.
But for those who aren’t likely to stop their screen habits, try writing a to-do list (or similar writing task) afterward.
Sculin stresses that engaging in a cognitive activity, such as taking notes, can help make falling asleep easier. Not only does this method help you sleep, but it’s a great way to be more organized in your life as well.