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There are so many resources out there dedicated to helping students of all ages pass their exams with flying colors, from revision timetable templates to last-minute revision cheats. But what if I told you something you do every night could actually be the key to exam success?

Many of us, aren’t aware of how missing out on kip can have a damaging effect of our bodies but how can getting your 8 hours a night help boost brainpower? Sleep is essentially nectar to the brain and getting to enough of it can sharpen cognitive function and help you perform better – which is great news for students looking to put their best foot forward this exam season.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

Sleep is a vital component of our health and well-being, just as food and water are, and a recent study showed that teenagers and young adults need more than the approved 8 hours to function successfully. On average, teens need 9 hours and 15 minutes sleep on a school night and those not getting this or those who have an irregular sleep pattern find that they ability to learn and concentrate is significantly limited.

The Benefits of Sleeping In

Getting your sleeping patterns in order and going to bed early, preferably before 11pm, can boost your ability to absorb and retain information, so consider lots of early nights during your revision period and exam season. Studies also proved that those who get the recommended amount of sleep are better at problem solving, which is perfect for anyone studying A-Level Physics! You will also see a considerable improvement in memory, which is also an excellent trait to harness should you be studying for exams.

Sleep can help solve another teenage problem; acne and other skin complaints are eased by a better night’s sleep. Your mood will be improved also and you will be waking up refreshed and energized to take on any exam.

5 Steps to Better Sleep

Check out these tips and take advantage of the benefits of sleep to improve your study sessions or workflow:

  • Cut caffeine in the evening to give your body the chance to wind down; too much tea, coffee, chocolate and sugary drinks will interfere with sleep.
  • Go to bed at a similar time each night and wake up at a similar time each morning to get your body into a regular sleep pattern.
  • Turn your bedroom into a relaxing sleep sanctuary by cutting the clutter and chaos. Instead dim the lights, invest in some comfy bed sheets and keep a book at the bedside to wind down after a hard day.
  • If you find it difficult to wind down, take a warm bath a couple of hours before bedtime.
  • Remember napping can be a great way to catch up on sleep if you’ve broken your sleep pattern with a few late nights.

For more student-friendly tips, check out Getting-In.com.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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