Keep your study room well lighted.
The biggest mistake that most of the students commit is studying with just a table lamp lit in the whole room due to which a significant portion of the room remains dark, promoting a cozy environment which would eventually make you more tempted to go to that charming bed with dim surroundings. So, to avoid such comfy situation, keep your room bright and well lighted.
Ensure that all the light in the room where you study are switched on. There are a few reasons behind this - lots of light in the room will keep your mind alert. Also, dim lights have a bad effect on your’s eye-sight. Keep the room and your mood lightened up!
Avoid lying down while studying.
Again, if you do that, you will start feeling all comfy and get distracted from studies. It is only natural that as soon as we lay down in bed we start feeling relaxed, and sleepy. Avoid lying down in bed/ couch while studying.
Your sitting position also matters a lot while studying for long hours. Try to seat yourself on a chair with back support and a table in front. It will help you stay active and alert while studying. While sitting on the chair, keep moving your body parts after regular intervals so that it you don’t go in dormancy.
Drink more water.
Dehydration makes you sleepy. To combat this, make sure that you drink plenty of water while studying. Keep a water bottle with you, and start drinking whenever you start to feel tired.
A classic fix-me-up for most ailments, drinking water regularly throughout your day will have you feeling peppy in no time. Oftentimes those feelings of fatigue and lethargy are due to nothing more than basic dehydration. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning to start up your metabolism, and continue drinking several glasses throughout the day.
Regulate your sleep cycle.
So last night you went to a great concert, staying up till wee hours in the morning, and then you slept in till noon. Then you had to head to bed early later the following night in preparation for a 7 am meeting for work. With such a fluctuating sleep schedule, its no wonder you’re tired! Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning. This will help your body to have clear boundaries for when sleep should occur, and reduce your sleepy feelings during the day.
Use caffeine wisely.
Ingesting caffeine is a common way to stay awake when feeling tired. Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that blocks the effects of adenosine, thus stopping the onset of sleepiness that adenosine causes.
Natural sources of caffeine can be found in coffee, chocolate, and certain teas like green tea, black teas, and yerba mate. Caffeinated sodas, energy drinks, and caffeine pills also have caffeine. However, sodas and energy drinks also have a lot of sugar, making it unhealthy for your body and more likely to give you the jitters.
It is important to note that caffeine is a mildly addictive substance. So be aware of taking caffeine in moderation or else you will experience migraines and trembling hands when you stop taking caffeine.
Get up and move around to feel awake.
In one well-known study, Robert Thayer, PhD, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, studied whether people were more energized by eating a candy bar or taking a brisk 10-minute walk. Though the candy bar provided a quick energy boost, participants were actually more tired and had less energy an hour later. The 10-minute walk increased energy for two hours. That’s because walking pumps oxygen through your veins, brain, and muscles.
If you work at a desk, get up frequently for short walks. At meal breaks, walk to a restaurant or, if you bring your lunch, head for a nice spot to eat it. Whether you take a walk outside or just in the building where you work, it will make you feel more alert and refreshed.
Try water therapy.
Throwing a bucket of cold water on a sleeping friend isn’t just a great prank, it actually helps to wake them up. If you can’t seem to do anything to stay away, splash your face with cold water or hop in a cold shower. The cool temperature and feeling of the water will improve circulation and have you concentrating a bit better than before.
Just splashing some on your face is a great way to refresh your sleepy system. You could also try brushing your teeth. Just get cold water on your face. It will get rid of the itchy-face feeling that can come on at about two a.m., clear your bleary eyes, and wake up your brain.
Take power naps.
A power nap only lasts 20 to 30 minutes, but it can make all the difference. If you have time between classes, take a quick nap to help you get through your study session later. Also, make sure that you try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. And, stick to the same sleep schedule every day.
Getting a restful night of sleep is hard during all of the late night studying. Taking ONE nap during the day far enough from your bedtime can help increase productivity. If you can’t fit that in even resting your eyes for five to 10 minutes can help.
Deal with stress.
If you have a messy desk, ongoing argument with a friend, or an overwhelming amount of work to do, it could be stressing you out and making you more tired than you normally would be. Deal with the stressors you are aware of, whenever you are able. Managing anxiety-provoking things as they pop up will improve your overall mental health, as well as keep you focused throughout the day.
Time is an Important Factor.
When it comes to staying awake, a lot of it comes down to timing. When are you most wide-awake?
Some students are alert in the middle of the night. Night-owls have lots of energy and their brains are fully aware of what they are studying.
Other students are most awake in the early morning. The "early morning" riser may not maintain a long period of super awareness; but for whatever reason, he or she awakes at 4 or 5 am, well before it is required that they start preparing for work or school.
If you know the time of day when you are most alert and awake, that's great! If you don't know, consider your regular schedule and what time periods you're most able to remember what you study or read.
For effective study sessions, you need to be more than awake. You need to be alert and focused. You need to be able to remember what you studied. So, dear students, if you want to earn those extra grades by sacrificing your sleep, then the above stated tricks can help you well to meet your desired academic goals.