by Wyanne Law, PLA
You are cramming for the midterm exam tomorrow at Stauffer Library. You go home at 1:45am after being kicked out by the security guard. You go home to continue studying up to 4:13am when you finally collapse with exhaustion—asleep on your desk.
Many students become sleep deprived and almost nocturnal during exam season. Cramming, needless to say, is a terrible way to get through exams (that’ll take another post to talk about it), but the question is, what to do now if you’ve already messed up your sleep cycle?
Here are ways that I find useful to fall asleep almost instantly no matter how stressful or worrisome my day has been:
- Wake up and sleep at the same time every day, even on weekends. I’ve been so used to my schedule that my internal clock usually kicks in before my alarm goes off at 8:00am.
- Make a bedtime routine. I play a particular song before I go to sleep every night, and this really helps me to relax and it prepares my body to go to sleep. You can also pick out your outfit for the next day and make a to-do list while listening to your bedtime song. Try not to stare at any electronic screen for the last half hour before bedtime. It prevents you from falling asleep. Instead write your to-do list for the next day, read a book, do some stretches.
- When you wake up, drink two glasses of water. Keeping your body hydrated is good way to wake yourself up (and good for digestion!). And eat something! Oatmeal, cereal, anything you can digest easily.
- Take short power naps (less than 30 minutes) only if you need to. I usually avoid naps altogether, because a full night of sleep works best for me to feel completely recharged and ready to tackle another busy day of classes, studying, extracurriculars…
Hope you’ll a refreshing night of sleep tonight! Sweet Dreams! Remember, sleeping is crucial for academic success!