It’s that time again. The part of every year that students across the world dread. Exam time. While they’re cramming, worrying and testing themselves, people often forget about the basics of day to day life. Most crucially of all, sleeping patterns seem to go out of the window in favour of the all-nighter or the 1am group study session in the university library. We’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t skip on sleep and that it may be the most important thing you do this exam period. Learn how to sleep well while you’re studying with these 6 tips that are sure to give you the best shot at exam season.
Get Your 8 Hours
Students may tell each other horror stories of how they spent 5 hours in the library until the wee hours re-writing lecture notes. This isn’t necessarily a good thing. Lack of sleep can lead to poor cognitive function and a general feeling of tiredness all day. Everyone studies differently, of course, but if you’re cramming instead of getting enough sleep, your brain won’t be functioning as normal. This means it’ll be harder to stay focused and retain information, so all that time spent trying to remember your course notes will be for nought. Alongside drinking plenty of water, maintaining a good diet and exercise, getting enough sleep is absolutely vital in keeping your brain active and working at its best.
Keep The Routine
As well as simply volume of sleep, regularity and routine can go a long way in helping improve your mental and physical health over the exam period. Irregular sleep patterns can be disruptive for your daily concentration and energy levels. Additionally, having a good routine of sleeping helps enforce good discipline and regularity in your studying, keeping your life feeling structured and normal even if your university classes have stopped over exam time.
Be a Morning Person
While some people swear by studying in the evening, not unheard of as most people only feel fully alert late in the day, your brain is in fact more receptive to learning when you study or read first thing in the morning. Additionally, starting your revision early leaves time later in the day for activities, chores and socialising. Leaving all the hard work for the day to the end can sometimes add to your stress and encourage further procrastination.
Keep The Books out of Bed
It helps over the exam period to separate your study and relaxation areas. Keeping your books and papers out of the bedroom is an easy way to encourage this, meaning when you return to bed in the evenings you’re not met with a mountain of mess to contend with. Additionally, studying on the computer or tablet should be kept in another room. This will simply keep your bedroom tidy in the long run but also allow your mind to switch off fully at night time and get a good night’s sleep without worrying about your studying or being surrounded by notes, books or an open laptop.
By far the easiest way to give yourself the best shot at a good night’s sleep during exam time is by avoiding stimulants that will stop you from having a peaceful night’s rest. This primarily means not having caffeine late in the day if you know it’ll be keeping you awake for hours. Additionally, late nights spent partying and drinking alcohol can be a major drain on your mental acuity the next day, as well as being bad for your physical health. Stress from exams can impact the immune system, which is why people are often prone to catching colds while studying. Best not to increase the risk further with one party too many! You should also avoid naps during the day unless you’re making up for lack of sleep, as well as avoiding stimulating tech in the evenings such as phones, screens and loud music. All of this can disrupt your circadian rhythm and make you feel poorly-rested and groggy in the mornings; not an ideal scenario for studying!
Find Your Fit
Having a good quality mattress that is comfortable for you helps aid a restful and undisturbed sleep. Sitting at desk studying for many hours can sometimes lead to back pain, so having a mattress with enough support helps to recover and prevent major back injuries. Mattress5 is designed from the ground up with both comfort and support in mind, and we offer three different models with different degrees of each to suit different people. Our mattresses also start from only £269, making it one of the cheapest options available for such a high quality of mattress materials. If you’re ready to have a blissful and restful night’s sleep without breaking the bank, find your fit in your nearest Mattress5 stockist.