By: Cindy Ibarra, Columnist
As the semester comes to an end, we all have finals to study for. While studying for finals is many students’ main priority this time in the semester, sometimes sleep is out of the question. Although, a good night’s sleep can make a difference in how you perform academically.
Research has shown that the more sleep one gets, the better that person is able to learn. Those who do not get enough sleep cannot focus, making it harder to learn and absorb new information. Those with a good night’s sleep can concentrate better on a task. Psychologically, learning and recalling information takes place during the day while storing information for later happens at night as you sleep.
Lack of sleep can also reduce motivation and even make you moody. Again, the reason for this is that you cannot be motivated if you cannot focus since you are more worried about staying awake. It can be frustrating to try to persevere with no sleep. This makes it harder to be social too since you might not act friendly towards others.
Here are some ways to improve your sleep:
- Try to keep a sleep cycle. It can be hard, but put some alarms on.
- Limit nap time to 15-30 minutes. It may not feel like much but it is better so that you can be able to sleep at night.
- Do not overthink as you are about to sleep. That can prevent you from sleeping and can keep you up for longer than expected. Try to relax and not worry to ease into your sleep.
- Last but not least, do not try to do an all nighter. Avoid drinking too much coffee since it will keep you going all night.
Sleeping can make a difference between doing well to reaching your full potential on your final. In addition, eat a nice healthy breakfast. Eating a light, healthy breakfast will help with the hunger in the middle of the exam, and it will provide you with energy to get through it.
Now you’re ready to take on finals. Good luck, everyone! Sleep because it is important and remain optimistic.