Studying at school, college and university requires huge amounts of mental and physical energy, especially when it comes to exam time. Sleep plays a vital role in educational success, so it is important that it isn't neglected in the pursuit of better grades.
The recognised consensus for the optimum amount of nightly sleep for adults is eight hours, however since school-age children are going through a physically-demanding developmental phase they need longer. For instance, a typical teenager could need closer to nine or ten hours sleep to get full rejuvenation. With this in mind, it is important for students to get into a regular routine where sleep is prioritised.
Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day trains the body into being relaxed and alert at the right times, and helps with the distribution of energy throughout the day. By ensuring that you have a good sleep you're guarding against experiencing bouts of debilitating tiredness during school-time.
It’s a cruel fact that stress is one of the most common preventers of sleep, and exams are a notorious source of worrying. Without good sleep the night before an exam it becomes especially difficult and stressful! By carefully scheduling study sessions throughout the day or early evening you can calm your mind into accepting that enough revision has been done for the time being, and allow yourself to use the rest of the evening to relax and fully prepare for a refreshing nights sleep.
Settling down in the evening is important, as it takes your mind off demanding study-related thoughts. However, try to limit late sessions on smartphones, computers, videogames and watching TV as these can stimulate the senses into alertness, and exposure to the light levels they produce can have a dramatically wakening effect.
Not everyone is academically gifted, but by recognising the many benefits that sleep can bring to your studies you’ll be able to achieve your full potential.