We all know that staying up all night studying is very unpleasant. However, this doesn’t mean that we’re not going to face this situation even once during our college years. If a sleepless night before the exam is waiting for you, don’t be afraid. Here’s what you can do to make this experience more bearable.
1. Prepare well
Most of us are lucky enough to find out beforehand that they’re not going to get much sleep the following night. If you are one of those lucky ones, be sure to prepare well to stay awake as long as possible. To do so, avoid physical work and hardcore workouts, have a nice breakfast full of proteins or slow carbs and avoid drinking coffee and strong tea. These drinks contain caffeine, which actually will tire you out and will make it hard for you to concentrate instead of helping you with your studies.
2. Avoid all kinds of distraction
Your goal is to use the night before the exam to learn as much as possible before falling asleep. You’ll start losing concentration sooner or later and it’ll become very hard for you to think by the morning, so you have to make the most of the time you have. Phone and PC notification will distract you all the time, making it unable to keep focused and to learn faster, so you have to switch them off before you start studying. Close all social media tabs if they are opened: even if notifications are off, you could still see things like “1 new mail” written on top of them and be tempted to check them. Avoid mobile games if you tend to spend a lot of time playing them, otherwise, you may start playing one during a break and forget about everything for an hour or so.
You know your main sources of distractions the best, so it’s up to you to name them and eliminate them before the night starts.
3. Stay active during the night
If you spend all night sitting at a table, hardly ever changing posture, you’ll get sleepy soon. To avoid this, switch places: for example, read something on a sofa and then switch to a chair. Walk and do small exercise during breaks to feel better, and so on.
4. Take breaks
No one is able to concentrate for a few hours straight. Even if you start the night fresh and active, and study without taking the breaks (even the smallest ones), you’ll soon find yourself exhausted and unable to concentrate anymore. To prevent this, plan your study process: decide that you’re going to spend some time studying and then will take a small break. The intervals can be different, but the most common ones are 45 minutes of work and 15 minutes of rest.
If your friends are studying hard too, you can talk to them during breaks: this way you’ll definitely stay awake. Mind the time, however: otherwise, 15 minutes of a phone conversation can easily turn into an hour.
5. Set timers and alarms
After you decide on an interval you want to choose, use a timer to keep track of your study process. This way you won’t have to look at a watch all the time and will know that you won’t miss the beginning of a new work or rest period.
If you are afraid that you’re going to fall asleep during a break, set an alarm too.
6. Drink a lot of water
You have to drink something, and while coffee and tea will only make you sleepier, water will actually help you concentrate. Your body needs hydration to keep focused, so you’ll feel better after drinking a glass of water.
Moreover, you can also refresh yourself by washing your face or your feet with cold water.
7. If you’re going to eat, eat something healthy
If you are going to stay awake until the very morning, you’ll definitely need to eat something to get some energy. Avoid junk food: it’ll give you a temporary energy boost, but you’ll start feeling tired soon after eating it. Choose something healthy instead: for example, apples as a light snack and protein-rich food as a proper meal.
We hope these tips will help you to prepare for your exam well. We wish you good luck and good grades!