DO NOT MISS OUT ON SLEEP
Children in primary school require 10 – 11 hours of sleep at night, while adolescents require a minimum of 6 but preferably 8 – 10 hours of sleep. If a person sleeps for too few hours a night for a prolonged time period, it accumulates to what is known as sleep debt. To restore this several weeks of optimal sleep is required.
Sleeping patterns are very important during exam periods and often neglected and underestimated. Sleep holds many benefits for us including the processing of information during REM and non-REM sleep.
Many students believe that they need more time to study and end up pushing on until the early morning hours. Your sleeping pattern, and more specifically rapid-eye movement (REM) (which aids memory) is disturbed when you have to wake up only after a short period of sleep. One cannot sustain it for an entire exam period. It may cause many problems which can prevent you from performing your best.
Avoid the “all-nighter”. This is not a good idea since you will not only feel extremely fatigued the next day, but your memory and reason will be impaired. This will reflect poorly on your grades.
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