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How to Stay Awake & Alert While Studying (without Coffee!)

October 29th, 2007 admin

With midterms and final exams rearing their very ugly heads, you’re probably finding thatHow to Stay Awake While Studying study time is increasingly important. Too bad you have a job, clubs, a roommate, friends, family, dorm-room sleep hours (read: 3am bedtime), a cafeteria diet, and a bunch of classes wearing you down. Once you start reading that text book, suddenly a nice nap seems like a much better idea.

Read on to find out how to keep yourself awake, even if you’re studying in the wee hours of the morning:

  1. Drink a Lot of Water
    Remember this from my tips on how to stay awake in class? Well, water is even better for staying up when you’re studying. Dehydration can make you sleepy, so keeping your body hydrated will stave off those symptoms. If you are really sleepy, drink a lot of water to make sure you stay up—if you have to get up to go to the bathroom, it will definitely keep you awake! (Weird, but it works!)
  2. Take Breaks
    Your brain needs to rest if you want to study hard for a long time AND do well on your test. Schedule out your time so you can take a break—I would study for 45 minutes, break for 15, and so forth. Set the alarm on your cell phone so you don’t forget (or if you’re afraid you’ll fall asleep). Watch a TV show, talk to a friend, read a book, or listen to some music—but nothing school related at all!
  3. Exercise
    Exercise can be a great way to wake yourself up—take a short walk, dance to some music on your iPod, or head over to the gym for a little while. Taking a shower after a workout can wake you up even more.
  4. Don’t Study Somewhere Comfortable
    Don’t curl up on the common room couch or lean against some pillows in bed and expect to make it through 50 pages of text—getting comfortable is a sure fire way to sleep through your study time. Go somewhere with good, strong lighting, a non-squishy chair, and a table or desk. Sit up while you study, and change positions now and then.
  5. Eat a Snack
    Get your blood sugar up by eating a healthy snack (junk food will just give you a burst of energy but then you’ll crash). Apples are a good food to help you keep your blood sugar stable so you can stay awake (a lot of people say they will wake you up better than caffeine!)

Remember, I also shared some ideas to help you stay awake in class, so if you’re really sleepy, you might want to try those, too! Good luck!

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  • 1. Sam  |  September 17th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Your Awesome I followed your Taking break rules and I have to say my memories is improving by far YEWR AWESOME :DDDDD

  • 2. educatedswimmer  |  October 2nd, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I am studying for the psat’s and well….i am having a hard time staying awake since i have two hours of swim practice in the morning so i have to wake up early but then i get soooo tired during the day!!!!!!!!!…..i want to learn more but i am just too tired…my mom says to drink a lot of juice or sweet things because sweetness keeps you hiper and erjised!!!!!!!….anymore tips???

  • 3. Persta Yawakei  |  November 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    You forgot to mention going for a jog in your underwear.

  • 4. How To Stay Awake On Coll&hellip  |  February 17th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    […] the urge to drink caffeine and instead use some of these tips from Surviving College Life: – Exercise – Exercise can be a great way to wake yourself up-take a short walk, dance to […]

  • 5. Kathleen  |  March 6th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you Jamie. I appreciate you taking the time to help us out. I’ll give your tips a try.

    P.S. I got distracted while studying for my accounting midterm, and that is how I found this blog. 🙂

  • 6. Neetha  |  March 8th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Actly, i used to get up at 3.00am in the morning. Bt nw i am not able to wake up at that time. Not able study after 9.30pm also wat to do?

  • 7. Inheriting my brotherR&hellip  |  March 30th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    […] These study tips seem really helpful and they include some stuff that I haven’t been doing, like studying in a place that’s similar to where you’ll be taking your test. […]

  • 8. paul  |  April 21st, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Thanks Jamie! I’m going to try these ideas. I hope they’ll work for me

  • 9. Anna  |  April 26th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I like to change locations every couple of hours. It doesn’t have to be far, you can move seats at the library or move from your kitchen table to your desk. I particularly like changing buildings. Every 2 or 3 hours, I’ll move to another library, study room, random classroom, etc. Not only does the change of scenery help, but the brisk walk outside does wonders to wake you up! =)

  • 10. waka  |  May 6th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    stay away from Facebook,twitter,mobil or ipod to keep focused on study.

  • 11. theophilus  |  May 18th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    i’ve alwz been tryn 2 stay awk whle rdn in d 9t but couldn’t.i hope ur tips wll work 4 me.thnx.

  • 12. sepesa  |  May 19th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    thanks for the tips……I’ll go nd try it today nd hope it will work out well….lol…)()()()(……malo e!!

  • 13. Kelebogile  |  May 30th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Thanx 4 d extrmly gud tips, am abt 2 apply dm 4 my 1st semester exam

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