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As final exams approach, the thought of pulling all-nighters looms in the back of our minds. This task is anything but fun or welcome in my life, but to do well it is sometimes necessary. Let me preface this blog by saying that staying up all night to study isn’t something anyone should be doing on a regular basis. However, considering all of us are still young, doing this once or twice a year won’t be too detrimental to our circadian rhythms or lives.
1. As three or four in the morning approaches, most of us will most likely start getting tired if we’re not already about to fall asleep on top of our books. This is when you’ll need a cup of coffee. Nothing extreme or you’ll get the jitters, but enough to keep you awake for your 8 a.m. should be good.
2. Ever notice how morning – or afternoon, if you’re lucky enough – showers help to wake you up? At around five or six in the morning, it’s good to take a break from your all night cram session and take a hot shower. Not only will the break from reading and writing help store some of the information you’ve just attained, but the water and scents from the shower will definitely wake you up some.
3. When the sun has risen and you no longer have the option of crawling into bed until 4 p.m., it’s best to actually go through your morning routine. Do you flat iron your hair every morning or do your make up? Well, today, you’re not going to feel like it, but the thought processes involved will keep you busy enough to distract you from how tired you are.
Tip: On your way to your exam, grab a cup of tea. Coffee is too strong for the level of tired you are now. Tea, however, has just enough caffeine to keep you awake long enough to concentrate on what’s important, but not enough that you won’t be able to crash back in bed as soon as you’ve aced your test.