Sleep your way to success – Study Tips #2
Balancing your studies with the rest of your life is tricky, and it’s easy to let everything else take priority. Before you know it evening has disappeared and you need to cram in a couple of hour’s revision lest you fall behind. As a result, you end up getting five hours sleep, are exhausted and irritable the next day and ultimately too tired to study that evening. You won’t be surprised to hear that this, whilst common for students, is not good for your studies!
We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it is no surprise it rejuvenates body and mind. While you sleep, your brain even enhances learning and memory by consolidating facts and reinforcing how to perform tasks.
Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood and the ability to retain information. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found subjects limited to 4.5 hours of sleep a night for a week reported feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted. When the subjects resumed their normal sleep pattern, they reported a dramatic improvement in mood.
Everyone feels the pressure during exam time and tiredness makes you vulnerable to stress, which in turn makes your body awake and alert, so it’s important to find ways to relax at night.
Adopting good sleep habits – what you should be doing
- Create a comfortable sleep environment
- Maintain a healthy balance of nutrition and exercise
- Engage in relaxing activities near bedtime
- Keep a regular sleep schedule – even on weekends
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep
- Don’t watch the clock
- Exercise regularly, but not too close to bedtime
Being regimental with your study time is imperative when studying for those all-important exams, so getting to bed at a decent time is paramount. It may not be the most exciting way to live for a few months, but it could be the difference between passing and failing.
Our Study Tips series will explore how you can eat, drink, sleep, listen, exercise and study your way to exam success.