I believe a majority of students preparing for exams in which they require to burn the midnight oil, to work hard and with dedication often complain about how their sleep conflicts with their preparation. Some common complaints are like –
“I can’t get up till late at night. I feel sleepy”.
“It’s hard to get up for me. All I want when I see my bed is to sleep and relax”.
“I’ll take a nap of 5 minutes (and then the 5 minutes end up being 1-2 hours)”.
“Today, I should sleep and I will get up early and study(that never happens)”.
“ When I go back from class, I’ll finish so and so chapters( but in reality, they go to sleep as soon as they return)”.
Do you feel this can be a major factor that you aren’t able to give sufficient hours to study?
In this article, I have therefore summarized subtle points that if followed, could help you control your sleep to some extent. Fact is, nobody can assure you that following so and so things would help you overcome your sleep unless you yourself are not willing to do so. Thus above all the points that I am mentioning here, is your will.
- KEEP LIGHTS IN YOUR ROOM SWITCHED ON :-
Remember.. empty bed in a room is a lot more charming with lights off. If lights are kept off in your room while studying, you will fall asleep. Make sure that the lights in your room are switched on or they are not kept dim.
- AVOID PHYSICAL EXERCISE:-
When the body is tired from long workout, then it asks for rest and it is then hard to keep awake for studies late night.
- DON’T TAKE HEAVY MEAL:-
In case you have heavy meal, you are most likely to feel naturally lazy. When you feel lazy, as a general rule you hit the bed. Study becomes more difficult with an empty stomach.
Table fans put you to rest. Avoid the table fan as much as possible and make sure wind doesn’t blow directly in your face.
- DON’T STUDY DIFFICULT TOPICS AT NIGHT:-
During the night you feel more sluggish. At night time, you should pick those topics which are easy, interesting and charming. Favorite subjects should be picked up to study at night.
- AVOID STUDYING ON BED FOR TOO LONG:-
Sit on a seat with a backrest before a table when you study. When you lie on your bed while studying you may get into lazy mode. When this happens, you sleep and say good bye to books.
- DO MEDITATION:-
If you don’t want to lose concentration or feel sleepy while studying, you should meditate for at least 20 minutes daily, concentrating on one specific thing at a time. This helps in building up concentration.
- EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE :-
“To gain something, you need to lose something.” Therefore you need to plan and organize your daily routine properly and go to bed early in the night and get up early in the morning.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER:-
When you drink a considerable quantity of water, you don’t fall asleep easily. It helps good circulation of blood in your body and keeps you active. It also compels you to get up and go to the washroom more frequently.
- STUDY EARLY IN MORNING:-
If a person studies for at least 2 hrs in the early morning, his level of concentration increases. Your concentration level will increase to the extent that your two hours of studying will equal others 6 hrs of studying. The reason being that your mind is fresh in the morning after the sleep.
- AVOID DISTURBANCE:-
If you want to avoid sleep during studying, you need to find a place that is less distracting. Light music has proved to be somewhat beneficial while studying, however it depends upon the individual.
- GET SUNLIGHT:-
In case you feel sleepy while studying, go out and get some sunlight. Exposure to sunlight increases vitamin D in the body which gives you a boost of energy.
- TAKE A HOT WATER BATH:–
In case you are making a decent attempt to keep awake yet you are not succeeding, go for a fast hot water shower.
- AVOID TOO MUCH STIMULANTS:-
You might feel that a consistent intake of coffee, soda and snacks is essential if you are going to study for long hours. This is not true. In fact, it can have adverse effect. Stimulants that are high in caffeine and sugar reduces brains productivity, shorten your attention snap. If you are serious about long hours study, try substituting these with water or beverages that are high in natural sources of energy (vitamin B12 B16 )
- EAT OMEGA 3S:-
Omega 3, among other things, is helpful in keeping a person awake. If you are feeling sleepy, eat omega 3 rich foods like fish, salmons.
- AVOID MILK:-
This will make you sleepy and it will be hard to concentrate on studies. Instead of milk, you can take the drinks of juicy fruits like orange and grapes.
Don’t let your sleep come between your preparation friends. Time is the most precious thing that you got. Happy studying. 🙂