Stand up while studying (get a standing desk!)
It might be time to invest in an adjustable table! While sitting is usually more productive than trying to study lying on your bed, standing up may be the best option if you're trying to avoid falling asleep. It forces you to stay awake as it is basically impossible to fall asleep standing, plus it'll be harder for you to unintentionally relax on your back and take a rest as well. If you're studying for a long time, it could also be better for your posture as well.
Be careful with your caffeine intake after midday
While a moderate amount of caffeine can help you feel energised and focused, consuming a large quantity especially in the afternoon or night can actually back flip and destroy the quality of your sleep that night, leaving you very tired the next day.
Don't skip breakfast even if you don't feel hungry!
Actually don't even skip any meal of the day! You may forget having to eat when you're super focused on studying, but this will lead you to feeling nauseous and out of energy and you'll soon have trouble concentrating. Breakfast, the, first meal of the day, is crucial and you should never skip it just to pack a few more minutes of study. Studies have shown that eating breakfast is associated with lower levels of stress and better mental and physical performance.
Study Under Bright Lights
While this may be obvious, not many people actually bother to think about the lights they use. Studying in your bedroom under dim lights will only lead you to feel tired and wanting to procrastinate. On the other hand, studying under bright lights not only makes it harder for you to fall asleep, but also tricks your body's rhythm into thinking that it is daytime which can lead you to feel more alert and less tired. It is important however that you don't leave your lights on too bright near your sleeping time, as you don't want it to hinder your sleeping pattern.
See your GP
There may be an underlying problem if you always feel fatigued and tired, as it is usually a common symptom of many diseases, including diabetes and anaemia. Some medications can also contribute to fatigue as well, including diuretics and antihistamines. If you have any doubts about your health, it may be a good idea to see your general practitioner just to make sure everything is functioning properly.
Jack Zheng | N° 50