The second semester of the school year has started and it's time to hit the books. In the midst of all the studying, outfit planning, socializing, morning driving, and schedule-balancing, most students are aware that they aren't getting the rest they need. What they may not know, however, is that sleep plays an important role in memory, and a lack of sleep may cause a lack of confidence on exam day. To help these students get the rest they need to succeed, we have a few tips on how to get enough sleep during stressful exam periods:

 

 

Make your bedroom a place to rest

Although having your history notes scattered all over your bed may be convenient, it is not going to help you sleep. Your bedroom should be a place of rest and peace, not stress. In order to create an environment that encourages sleep, you need to remove all distracting materials. Have a place for work that does not overflow into your sleeping space, like a desk in the corner of your room, where you keep all your school materials. 

Take some time to unwind

Since your bedroom is stress-free, you should be too! Give yourself periodic breaks throughout the say and in-between study sessions. Schedule some time to unwind before going to bed each night as well to avoid stress-induced restlessness. Reading a novel, playing a favorite game on your smartphone, or just relaxing against some comfy pillows for few minutes can make a big difference in your ability to fall asleep more quickly. 

Make your health a top priority

Getting enough rest is crucial to succeeding academically, but it is also important to remember to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Keeping your physical health a top priority is vital to maintaining your mental health. Schedule enough time to sleep each night, stick to a healthy diet, and make time for exercise whenever possible.