Do you find it hard to stay awake and alert while studying? Follow these tips to avoid dozing off while studying for your exams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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08 Aug 2019 - 4 min read
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