Actually, in a student’s life, sleep can be considered as the deadly enemy as it comes as the biggest hurdle while spending additional hours on studying, especially when the exams are just around the corner. It seems like pulling you back from reaching the desired goal. Sometimes sleep is inevitable once we open the textbooks. When you study with a fresh mind in the morning, it becomes really easy to grab the things but at certain periods like during the afternoon and after 10 pm. Dear students, it mainly happens when you are deprived of rest. At this time you are left with two options, first is keeping the books aside and lie down to take rest and second is fighting against your enemy and keeping yourself awake. But the real matter of concern is that sleeping while studying is too easy, the real deal is to ditch sleep and stay awake.
Here, in this article you will get some useful and lucrative tips that you can follow to avoid sleep while studying for long hours.
1. Keep your study room well lighted
The biggest mistake that most of the students commit is studying with just a table lamp lit in the whole room due to which a significant portion of the room remains dark, promoting a cozy environment which would eventually make you more tempted to go to that charming bed with dim surroundings. So, to avoid such comfy situation, keep your room bright and well lighted.
2. Sit on a chair not on bed
Your sitting position also matters a lot while studying for long hours. Try to seat yourself on a chair with back support and a table in front. It will help you stay active and alert while studying. On the other hand, if you lie on your bed while studying you may get into lazy mode, eventually making you feel sleepy. While sitting on the chair, keep moving your body parts after regular intervals so that it you don’t go in dormancy.
3. Avoid heavy meals
We’ve all felt ‘that drowsy feeling that sneaks in after a meal and if you have to study with such snoozing mood than no one can help it. Actually, after having a heavy meal, you are full and relaxed and you are struggling to keep your eyes open. Lethargy that comes after consuming a heavy diet, diminishes the retention power. Also, when you feel lazy, you are more likely to hit the bed. But don’t think that you will have to go on a starvation to avoid this sluggishness. Instead, you should take your meals early and opt for small meals.
4. Drink lots of water
Here, water is not being recommended merely for the health purpose but to keep you alert. Actually, it’s the best trick that most of the students apply while studying. When you drink a considerable quantity of water, you will have to make frequent trips to the bathroom to pee, keeping you moving and alert. Moreover, drinking an adequate quantity of water helps to keep the brain well hydrated, increasing its captivating power.
5. Follow ‘Early to bed, Early to rise’ funda
This comes from a famous saying, “Early to Bed, early to Rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. This is absolutely true because if you manage to go to sleep early in night then you will get enough sleep during night, making you feel fresh and energetic the next morning when you wake up. With a fresh mind you can concentrate on your studies quite well. A fresh mind has a better concentration power to retain the things.
6. Take a nap in the afternoon
If you have been studying for long hours till the morning, then an afternoon nap is a must to save your brain from getting exhausted. It would also help you avoid sleep during study at late night. A short nap is enough to keep you alert keeping the drowsiness away.
7. Keep your body parts alive
If you keep on studying with the same stagnant position for long hours, then you are more likely to get surrounded by laziness and drowsiness. So, the moment you start feeling sleepy, get up from your chair and move around in your room and stretch your legs and arms. You may study while walking around your room. It has been observed that study while walking, not only help in avoiding the sleep, but also enhances concentration.
8. Read out aloud while studying
This trick works really well to keep away the lethargy. It minimizes the chances of falling asleep while studying. It has something to do with listening to your own voice. Try to teach yourself like the teacher explains a topic in the classroom. This will not only help to through the drowsiness away, but also improve your learning power.
9. Learn by writing
If you’ll keep on visualizing the text to be learned then it will create a monotonous learning due to which you are more likely to start feeling bored which will ultimately give invitation to sleepiness. To keep the lethargy away, you are advised not to merely be a spectator, but learn by writing so that your brain remains active doing the pen and paper work and recalling the things you have learned.
10. Avoid studying difficult topics at night
During the night you feel more sluggish if you are solving complex problems or trying to learn the difficult topics. Try to tackle only the light and easy potions of study during night. Leave the tough portions for day study when your body and brain is fresh and active. For the late night study, pick only those topics which are easy, interesting and are your favourite ones.
So, dear students, if you want to earn those extra grades by sacrificing your sleep, then the above stated tricks can help you well to meet your desired academic goals.
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