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Maintaining Good Sleep During Exam Season

Teenagers have busy schedules with school and homework, which becomes even more hectic during exam periods. For many, exam times are defined by high stress, poor diet, and terrible sleep habits as students pull all-nighers in the hopes of cramming more studying in. However, to get top exam scores, sleep is the key.

Poor sleep negatively impacts our memory, creativity, and logical reasoning. This means that when we sleep less due to exams, we impair all the skills we need to perform well on them. Teenagers require 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Here are some tips for sleeping better during exam season:

  • Take short naps during the day to help retain memorised information and refresh your brain
  • Follow a regular sleep schedule
  • Create a comfortable sleeping environment to make it easy to fall asleep
  • Turn off your phone 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed
  • Read a book or listen to relaxing music before going to sleep
  • Exercise daily, even if it’s something as simple as a brisk walk
  • Avoid caffeine

If possible, prioritise sleep during the exam season. You’re sure to see the benefits.