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Top 10 Tips to Keep You Awake While Studying

tips to keep you awake while studying

After a long day of classes and fulfilling other responsibilities, it’s hard to keep your eyes open while studying. You may find yourself fighting to keep your eyes open or dozing off while reading. If you’re struggling to stay awake, it’s going to be difficult to remember anything that you’ve studied. To fix this, try these tips to keep you awake while studying.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating fattening foods will make you feel slow and sluggish. If you want energy and want to stay alert while studying, you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Choose foods high in nutrients like salads, soups, potatoes, and lean proteins. For sugar boosts, stick to foods like apples and oranges with natural sugars.

Stay Hydrated

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.

Chew Gum

Chewing gum can keep you awake and alert. Have a few packs of your favorite gum flavors with your books and notes, so you can grab a piece when you need it.

Rotate Study Topics

To prevent mental exhaustion, try to rotate what you study. When you start to feel yourself fading, move to the next topic that you need to cover.

Drink Caffeinated Beverages

Drinking caffeinated beverages is another way to stay awake. However, the Mayo Clinic recommends drinking no more than 500-600 mg per day. (Note: an 8-ounce cup of copy has just under 100 mg of caffeine.) Rather than drinking all of this at once, you should space it out throughout your day.

Refrain from Alcohol

Since alcohol makes you sleepy, it’s a good idea to refrain from drinking it while studying. Save it for your post-test celebration!

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.

Get Up and Move

As a freshman in college, my roommates and I would do workout videos during study breaks. Getting up and moving was the perfect way to keep us awake and alert. You don’t have to do workout videos to get the same benefits. Just get up and move. Walk around the room. Jump up and down. Stretch. Just find a way to get your blood flowing.

Study with Others

To stay awake while studying, find a study partner or study group. The company can help you study while making sure that you’re awake and focused.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Before you settle in to study, get your study area ready. Just don’t make the area too comfortable. Use bright lights, keep the temperature slightly cooler than normal, or get rid of your chair and stand up.

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. Try these top tips to keep you awake while studying and focused.

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14 Responses to Top 10 Tips to Keep You Awake While Studying

  1. Trent August 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM #

    Can u lay in bed while studying for the oh magoosh thing

    • Jamie Goodwin
      Jamie Goodwin August 22, 2017 at 6:14 PM #

      Hi Trent. It’s up to you. If you can effectively study in bed, go for it! Personally, I have a hard time concentrating in bed. Good luck!

    • Jane August 26, 2017 at 5:34 AM #

      Is it okay to have snacks while studying?

      • Vatsal August 29, 2017 at 7:26 AM #

        Dont get oily snacks while studying. Have Light Snacks Like Fruits and Dont Eat Too Much Of Them either. Eating oily Snacks will Make U Feel Sleepy.

  2. Salvatore Corsi November 15, 2017 at 7:37 PM #

    I sit at my table every night. I drink coffee non stop and every night I pass out b4 finishing. What do I do

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 16, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

      Coffee doesn’t have the same effects on everyone, and for some, coffee just won’t cut it for staying alert. In that case, I recommend focusing more on the other tips in this list. And of course, sometimes you simply reach a point where you need sleep, no matter how hard you’ve been working to stay alert. Know that limit, so that you can be well rested and more alert in the next day’s tasks and studies.

  3. GR Narejo November 15, 2017 at 11:39 PM #

    Drinking Caffeinated Beverages in day, will disturb me in night sleeping.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 16, 2017 at 10:45 AM #

      Certainly, caffeine doesn’t agree with everyone. Hopefully the other tips still work for you, though, GR. 🙂

  4. Irene November 28, 2017 at 4:59 AM #

    I get tired really easily. For example as soon as my body touches the bed I fall asleep. I always never get to finish my study, and even if I try to take naps, it never helps. No matter how much I sleep, I get always tired. I try all sorts of things like singing, dancing, drinking coffee, eating, and everything else but it never works. I really need help 🙁

    • Jamie Goodwin
      Jamie Goodwin November 28, 2017 at 3:04 PM #

      Are you only studying in the evening? Try studying during a time of the day when you’re wide awake. Maybe you could try first thing in the morning after a good night’s sleep. I am by no means a night owl, so I would struggle to stay awake and concentrate on what I was studying at night. However, I’m wide awake and alert in the morning, so I got in the habit of studying over breakfast.

  5. Michelle December 10, 2017 at 3:35 PM #

    Hi. What will not eating do to you while like non stop studying?

  6. Susie January 17, 2018 at 8:03 PM #

    Hey, I’m studying for finals and I’m just not sure what might help me stay awake better. Which do you think is most effective?

  7. Diksha February 13, 2018 at 11:46 PM #

    Nice I loved it

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