Saturday, September 27, 2014

Study Tip: GO TO SLEEP!

So when you read that, you are probably thinking that I'm super lazy and that is the most counterproductive thing to say. BUT-- hear me out when I explain why I think sleeping can be a good study tip in the right context. 
My freshman year, my lovely RA was always up late doing homework, but even with caffeine she would still sometimes fall asleep. So instead of fighting sleep and therefore staying up later to do homework, she tried sleeping and waking up early. 

It worked better for her, so when I was up late doing homework, once I started fighting to barely stay awake, I tried the sleeping method. And it worked much better for me, even if I was exhausted when I woke up. At least I was able to be awake. 
So my tip for all those procrastinators out there? (Holla!)

Sleep when you are fighting to stay awake! It's one thing to doze off, but if you are doing more fighting your body than doing your homework, you really aren't doing anything productive. You'd actually spend more time doing homework if you're trying so hard to even stay awake. 

So, GO TO SLEEP. Seriously! Just set your alarm for at least two or more hours before you need to be up for the day (especially if your paper is due for an 8am). 

Also remember to set up multiple alarms for yourself! We all know that when we're exhausted we're more likely to accidentally press snooze without knowing it. So make sure to set up multiple alarms for yourself so that you can keep being bugged to wake up and finish that paper (or other assignment). 

Does anyone else do the sleep-then-wake-up method like I do? Or are you able to do all-nighters without accidentally knocking out? 
Chau for now


  1. One thing I've done in the past is take little catnaps when you start feeling really drowsy. Waking up after a 15-30 minute power nap can make you feel so much better, allowing you to focus on your homework!

  2. Yes, yes and YES! People assume 'sleep' is a bad thing but it's the opposite! On days when I skip sleeping/or don't get enough I feel terrible all day! I feel sluggish and I usually have a bad temper. When I was still in college I would pull all nighters to study and it was always a mistake (and yet I would do it time and time again!) Now that I've graduated and am working, I make sure to at least sleep 7-8 hours each night <3

  3. This is so important. If I all nighter for an exam, I'll just be completely out of my head during it. It's better to study for half of it than undo all the work you did!

  4. I NEED an average of 7-8 hours a night to function. Power naps don't really work for me either. Sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.


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