By Ashley Husbands–
Want a better chance of acing those midterms? Try sleeping more! We have all done the classic waiting to study until the night before and pulling all-nighters before our midterms stunt. Although that trick works for some people, studies show that all of us could retain what we study better if we caught a few winks before the test.
According to studies reported on by Harvard University, “sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.” If we were to apply this information to our own study habits, it would mean that it is more beneficial to us to study new material but then sleep for a while so that our brain can better commit it to our memory.
Another thing to consider is that when we are tired we are in an altered state during the tests themselves. When tired, we are more likely to fall asleep during tests, feel as though we are in a fog, be unable to remember things clearly, and we are more impatient with ourselves and others which could make us more likely to pick answers quickly due to impatience.
Health.com informs readers that there are multiple benefits of getting enough sleep, including improving memory, improving your grades, sharpening attention, lowering stress, avoiding accidents, and helping you steer clear of depression. All of those things could in some way or another affect your grades. By sleeping more, you can improve your memory and attention while studying and taking your test. By lowering your stress levels, you will be better able to focus on what you are studying and have your time spent more productively. Anyone who has experienced depression knows that it can cause you to not care about your surroundings and be incredibly unproductive. All of these things that could hinder your ability to do well can be helped by getting more sleep during the week of midterms and in general during the school year.
Good luck on your midterms everyone! If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @TSULivingWell . Have a fantastic and restful week!