How to Sleep for Academic Success
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.