Skimping on sleep may be one way to cram for the exam the next day, but is it really smart?
Those last 24 hours before the big exam are pressing down, yikes! What do most college students do who are unprepared for the big day ahead? Stay up all night cramming and jamming hoping that something sticks.
And while some may get lucky and pass (barely), they are joining the ranks of the most sleep-deprived people on the planet. Lack of sleep and sleep difficulties are one of the strongest predictors of academic failure. On the other hand, students who consistently get 7-8 hours of deep, restful sleep each night are the higher achievers.
Sleep is essential in helping students repair and associate memories, plus prevent decline of memories. Without sleep, people work harder and but don’t do very well.
Here are some helpful tips for getting into a better sleep schedule.
- Adjust wake-up time to be consistent; have a routine
- Be aware of your behavior and work on self-control
- Practice relaxation techniques, deep breathing is good
- Avoid doing homework right before bed
- Turn off the TV and computer at least an hour before bed
- Take a nap even if it’s for 10 or 15 minutes
- Avoid caffeine later in the day
- Leave the alcohol for parties; it will keep you up at night
- Create a dark, cool, quiet sleep environment, even if you have to use earplugs
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