Healthy Living (Wellness & Prevention)

How to Avoid Sleep While Studying - Most Effective Tips for Students to Avoid Sleep While Studying

Written by
Dr. Divya Banu M
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vandana Patidar

Published on Aug 08, 2019   -  4 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Do you find it hard to stay awake and alert while studying? Follow these tips to avoid dozing off while studying for your exams.

How to Avoid Sleep While Studying  - Most Effective Tips for Students to Avoid Sleep While Studying

Sleep is a natural phenomenon that gives rest to the entire system of the body and thus keeps us fresh for the rest of the day. Normally, a healthy human being requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to stay fresh and function better. It varies from person to person and also different age groups need different hours of sleep. Children and teens need more. And, it is known that with age, sleep demand decreases.

Exams are the time when the body and mind feel more stress but at the same time, students need more hours to study so as to perform their best and excel in this competitive world. Most of the children feel more comfortable while studying at night. The common problem faced by them, let it be studying at night or in the morning is sleep. This article will give you some tips to stay awake at night and avoid sleep while studying.

1.Lighting of the room

The light in the room plays a major role in keeping you brisk. When you study using a table lamp or a single light alone in a dark or dim room, it triggers your brain to look in for a more cozy environment and ultimately hit the bed. Hence, use a bright light that lightens the whole room.

2.Use of chair rather than bed

Bed is meant to make your body lie comfortably and sleep. Do not study sitting on the bed as it will again make you feel sleepy. Sitting on a chair keeps you in better body position and also, keeps you active. It is advisable to keep moving your body parts at regular intervals while sitting on a chair for long hours as the body tends to go into dormancy if seated in the same position for long hours.

3.Heavy meals should be avoided

A full happy tummy, happy body, happy mind, and finally sleepy mode. When your tummy is full after heavy meals, it is a very common observation that we all feel drowsy after that and want to sleep. So, avoiding heavy meals will help you to stay awake.

But, one thing you have to keep in mind is that you should not starve yourself. Take healthy meals and fruits in less quantity, early hours and at regular short intervals.

4.Consumption of more amount of water

Water plays a very vital role in the overall health of an individual. It also has a trick involved in it. Drinking a lot of water increases urine output and hence, you tend to use washroom often at frequent intervals which keeps your body moving and thus, active and alert. It also hydrates the body and mind which increases the memory and understanding ability of the brain.

5.Sleep early and wake up early

This method provides enough sleep to the body and brain and thus, keeps you fresh. A fresh mind increases the concentration and helps to grab the information in a more better way.

6.An afternoon nap

When you are studying for long hours or the whole day, it is advisable to take a short nap in the afternoon which will make your brain get refreshed and hence, you can always stay awake during long hours and increases the concentration power also.

7.Your body parts must be kept alert and awake

When you study for long hours in the same position, your body tends to go into dormancy. Hence, it is advisable to give frequent movements to the body otherwise, you tend to feel more sleepy. It has been observed that studying while walking not only keeps you active but also increases the concentration power.

8.Read out loud

Reading loud keeps you more active. Listening to your own voice increased captivation and memory power. You can try as if you are teaching to yourself and this will help you grab information and remember it too.

9.Writing practice

Just visualizing the book or studying only by reading silently or looking, makes it monotonous and hence, you tend to feel more sleepy. Writing is a movement and gives you work and thus, keeps you active. It also helps to recall what you have studied.

10.No difficult topic at night

At night, biologically you tend to be sleepy. Even though you feel active, it is the biological clock that works. Hence, learning difficult topics or solving extremely difficult problems at night is not advisable. Keep them for the morning hours. Read or do simple, short, interesting topics in the night.

11.Gum chewing

This can keep you active. You can use your favorite flavors. It is believed that chewing gum while studying a topic and chewing the same gum during exam makes you recall the topic.

12.Changing the study topics

You can keep rotating or changing the topics while studying when you get stuck or bored with a topic. This will bring a change in brain activity and helps to get active again and concentrate on that other topic.

13.Take caffeine drinks and avoid alcohol

Consuming caffeine also helps to stay awake but do not consume more than 500 to 600 mg of caffeine a day. You can also consult your physician to know about the minimum and maximum quantity of caffeine that can be taken by you in a day.

Also, avoid alcohol consumption as it will make you more drowsy and since it limits oxygen flow to the brain, you can get a hangover in the morning, which again will interrupt in your studying, focusing and memorizing abilities.

Exam time needs more effort and along with facing stress, avoiding sleeping while studying is also another major task. You can consult your physician in case you find any difficulty or need any medical or emotional assistance and this consultation has been made easier with the availability of online medical platforms. So, stay relaxed and prepare well for exams.

Last reviewed at:
08 Aug 2019  -  4 min read

RATING

15

Tags:

Related Questions & Answers


How to prevent frequent episodes of tonsillitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering with tonsillitis for past three years. Nearly four months back, my tonsils got swollen. Followed by that the right tonsil remains the same and the left got subsided. In these four months, I had few episodes of pain in my ear. Also the glands in my right side of neck got swo...  Read Full >>


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With the conversation we had, I understand that you are an 18 year old male suffering from tonsillitis and you have been having acute exacerbation of the tonsillitis now. Due to the infection, you suffer from ear pain and swollen neck glands. You seem to be suffering fr...  Read Full

Should I try steroid medicines for my rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis two years back. I am on Ayurveda treatment and have taken Panchakarma treatment as well. There is a slight improvement, but still, my swelling on the left knee is not coming down, and recently a pain in the left wrist has begun. My ESR and CC...  Read Full >>


Dr. Alka
Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclniq.com. I just read your query and saw all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In RA (rheumatoid arthritis), allopathic medicines like painkillers and corticosteroids are prescribed which will give you temporary relief, but in the long term, these med...  Read Full

Contact Lenses - Merits and Demerits

Article Overview: This article discusses the merits and demerits of using contact lenses. Read Article


Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Refractive error is the most common eye-related problem these days. Approximately 30 % people under 25 years of age have one or other form of refractive error. Common types of refractive error are myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. The two common non-invasive options to counteract these refract...  Read Article

Popular Articles Most Popular Articles

Do you have a question on Avoid Sleep or ?

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
Enter Your Health Query
You can upload files and images in the next step.

Fee:  

 


Disclaimer: All health articles published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.