One of the main concerns you have as a student is your GPA. After all, based on this number you could be accepted to higher-learning institutions, and it is the number that will decide the next step in your career. So don’t treat this lightly!
We all know there are times when it’s difficult to be a good student. Maybe you feel you have no energy left or you simply can’t focus on the task at hand. This is normal when you’re stressed and very busy, but if the situation persists for more than a few days, you should analyze your sleeping habits.
According to recent studies, the process of learning and even memory are in direct correlation with the quality and quantity of sleep. So, if you’ve been putting off sleep for more time to study, it’s best to reconsider your strategy.
How does Sleep Help?
Researchers found that sleep helps with focus and information retention. Did you ever notice that when you lose several hours of sleep it gets more difficult to focus? This is because the brain is in a sleep-deprived state and some neurons may misfire, leading to confusion, difficulty in problem-solving, and lack of focus. When this happens, it’s only logical that you won’t be able to learn.
Even more, studies have found that people who sleep after learning something new will perform a lot better once they wake up. According to science, sleep is essential for information retention – basically, when you sleep, the information is consolidated in your brain and it becomes a lot easier to access it.
How to Improve your Study through Sleep
No, I am not going to recommend that you sleep through all four years of college! Sleep is a fantastic weapon in any student’s quiver, but you must use it properly. Too much sleep can lead to a whole bunch of other problems, which is why it’s best to stick with the regular 7 to 8 hours per night schedule.
I also mentioned above that you need both the right quantity of sleep as the right quality. High-quality sleep is extremely helpful with information retention, but it can be difficult to get, especially in a dorm room. For this, I put together several tips and tricks to help you sleep better at college.
The quality of the air in your dorm room is very important for both your health in general as well as your mental activity. So, make sure to open the window from time to time and allow the air from outside to come inside.
You can also get some plants or use purifiers, but remember that ventilation is extremely important. For a good night’s sleep, open the windows for 10 minutes just before you got to bed (even in the winter). The lower temperature will create the perfect atmosphere for sleep as soon as you get under the covers.
One important tip: when you really want to study but you feel sleepy, find a place with good ventilation and a low temperature. The cold will keep you awake and the fresh air will boost your learning by about 30%.
Dorm beds usually come with a mattress, but I strongly recommend changing it with one you have personally bought. The dorm-supplied mattress was most likely used by someone else before you, and it’s not designed according to your needs.
Try Mattress teaches us that you should get a mattress that will accommodate your sleeping habits. A memory foam mattress tends to be best for people who sleep on their side, while an innerspring is best for people sleeping on their backs. Overall, a mattress is very important and you shouldn’t be happy with the one you get by default.
This article was contributed by guest author Michael.