Research shows that getting more Zzz’s can lead to more A’s.
Yes, sleep is important for students, but not just in terms of keeping them refreshed. Research also shows that studying right before a good night’s sleep can actually help a student retain information better. So sleep isn’t just important to rejuvenating the body, but perhaps even the mind too.
With that being said, a good night’s rest should be a point of focus for students, especially around exam time.
Here’s a look at some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep so you can be at the top of your game come morning:
- Create a Relaxing Routine
If you try to go to bed when you’re all wound up, chances are you’ll toss and turn for a while before finally falling asleep. That’s why it’s important to relax and unwind properly before you hit the sheets. To do this, consider taking a bath, reading a book, stretching, listening to music and keeping noise down. A glass of warm milk may also help.
- Practice Healthy Habits
There are a lot of things that can throw off a would-be night of sleep – eating a late meal, consuming alcohol, drinking caffeine, smoking, etc. So on a night where sleep is essential, make sure that you’re practicing healthy behavior.
- Keep a Regular Schedule
This tip cannot be stressed enough. Setting and maintaining a regular sleep schedule is crucial to having better nights of sleep compared to sleeping varying hours every night. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up around the same time each morning will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Other Tips
There are various other tips to keep in mind to ensure you get a good night’s rest. For instance, never fall asleep with the TV on, as this can stimulate the mind, rather than relax it. Making sure that the room is dark is also an essential, as lights have the potential to disrupt the sleep cycle and suppress the production of melatonin in the body.
And finally, make sure you’re going to sleep each night in a comfortable bed – something that is inviting and that you look forward to going to sleep in.
Sleep is essential to staying sharp, fresh and on your game. And that’s a big intangible you’ll certainly need as a graduate student.