Sleep is a vital part of maintaining a clean bill of health. Getting a good night’s rest helps your body to repair t the cellular level, and a good snooze keeps all of your organs operating properly.

Although hitting the hay may seem simple enough, it is easier said than done for a lot of people.

Counting Sheep Doesn’t Work For Everyone

Not getting the proper amount of nightly shut can lead to an increased risk of life-threatening disease. Depriving yourself of precious sleep can increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and even stroke.

With all of the health benefits that sleep provides, it’s kind of hard to say no to an early bedtime. But it turns out many of us are sabotaging our own bedtime routines.

Blame It On Your Smartphone

Whether it be your work schedule or your wandering thoughts, getting to bed can sometimes be a challenge. And present-day technology presents some serious sleep obstacles.

The rise of social media has been accompanied by an obsessive need to be constantly connected—sometimes long into the wee hours of the night.

So how can you reset your nightly routine and get some much-needed rest every night? The solution is quite simple.

Mentally Prepare For The Day Ahead

Writing down a to-do list for the following day before bed can help you to relax and rest up.

Research conducted at Baylor University revealed that those who write a to-do list a few minutes before bed are more likely to achieve a better night’s sleep. Even compared to those who write down things they have already accomplished.

“Most people just cycle through their to-do lists in their heads, and so we wanted to explore whether the act of writing them down could counteract nighttime difficulties with falling asleep,” stated the study’s lead author, Michael K. Scullin.

Although it may seem like writing down upcoming tasks may increase anxiety and stress, the opposite seems to be true. The study found that “writing a to-do list will ‘offload’ those thoughts and reduce worry.”

Get to writing—it may help you catch some z’s!