A few months leading up to an examination is quite challenging for a lot of students. Some try to get more revision done during this time while some are still struggling with concepts crucial for the examination. Yet, one thing common with a majority of aspirants would be having a highly irregular sleep cycle.
Let us revisit the popular fact “most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.” Getting your regular hours of sleep is important. Period. A lot of students try to get into their sleeping time just to get in a bit more hours to revise, but this is not a good practice.
Not getting enough sleep or developing an irregular sleep pattern can cause a wide variety of problems, ranging from lack of concentration, irritability, weakened immune system to even depression at times. All these things fall under problems no students want. So, what should be the ideal sleeping pattern or sleep cycle? Here is how you should plan your day and night for those few crucial months leading to an examination.
Know about the Exam Date and Time
The normal timing for any national level examination could be any slot between 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening. Hence, we can rule out night time for any examination whatsoever. So, the best practice would be getting to know about the exam date and time and training yourself to be most active during those hours. Confused? Let us take an example.
Suppose you have an examination scheduled for 17th May 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ideally, our suggestion would be to sleep during the night time, get up early, have breakfast and light exercise, and then, reserve the time slot between 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m as the time to tackle most challenging problems from the previous day. You are inadvertently developing a habit of making this time slot as the time for brainstorming, which will come handy on the exam day.
Avoid Staying Up Too Late
There is an endless debate whether it is convenient to study during day time or the night time. According to us, it partially depends on the subject matter.
- If you have a group study plan at night, that activity must be limited to rare occasions only. Staying up an entire night is a BIG NO.
- A few hours post-midnight can be deemed acceptable if and only if the student has had a relaxation period during the afternoon or evening, else, not advisable.
Staying up at night after a long day adds more strain to your brain and hampers productivity in the long run. Hence, hit the hay faster so you can get up early and tackle problems with a fresh mind. A good sleeping cycle would be 10-11 PM to 6 AM. If you don’t sleep well, it will effect on some sections (like GK, Current affairs etc.) of your exams, where you have to use your mind at the best level.
Know What You Eat
Nutrition is extremely important during this crucial time period. Cut down on excess caffeine, avoid too much sugar in the form of bakery items, chocolates etc. and try to add more fresh fruits to your diet. A cheat meal here and there is acceptable but a late night snack might not work your way.
Exercise Every Morning
This doesn’t mean start building a six-pack!
One of the best ways to kickstart your day would be going for a small jog or run or play a sport you like for 30 to 90 mins in the morning. You just need something to get your blood pumping. A lot of student inculcate this into their schedule as it helps them relax.
Stick To The Plan
It basically boils down to this, following the schedule you made. So, we have discussed a number of things above. Lets us add a few more essential points to it and list them all out.
- Ideal hours of sleeping would be 7 to 9 hours.
- Sleeping between 10 or 11 PM to 6 in the morning is ideal.
- Mirror your brain storming sessions with the time you have for the actual examination.
- Eat well, plan your diet and exercise sessions.
- Avoid staying up too late.
The most important part in all of this, stick to all the points above. Your health is far far above cracking any examination. You might not think about lack of sleep at the moment, but in the long run, it will affect you. Hence, take it easy and everything will turn out good for you.
Follow a regular schedule to live a happier, healthier life. Just a few adjustments to your daily routine can help you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Maintain a uniformity
- Avoid Snooze Button
- Set Morning Alarms
- Avoid Flashy lights at Night
- Follow Healthy Diet