Drink a Lot of Water: When you’re trying
to stay awake waters the way to go.
Dehydration can make you sleepy, so
keeping your body hydrated will stave
off those symptoms. If you are really
sleepy, drink a lot of water to make
sure you stay up. If you have to get up
to go to the bathroom, it will definitely
keep you awake! by water I don’t mean
alcohol or coffee because it may
Take Breaks: Your brain is a complex
thing but it still needs rest if you want
to study hard for a long time as well as
doing the best you can on your test.
Schedule out your time so you can take
a break try a study routine for 45
minutes, break for 15, and so forth. Set
the alarm on your mobile so you don’t
forget (or if you’re afraid you’ll fall
asleep). Watch a TV show, talk to a
friend, read a book, or listen to some
music but nothing school related at all,
even if it’s a TV show.
Exercise: Exercise can be a great way to
wake yourself up take a short walk,
dance to some music on your iPod
(without waking up your roommates or
your parents depending on where your
living and the time), or head over to
the gym for a little while. Taking a
shower after a workout can wake you
up even more (cold will wake you up
but shocking the body’s never good so
just a general shower).
Don’t Study Somewhere Comfortable
No curling up into a nice ball on your
pillow with soft music playing the
background will not help you stay
awake, maybe heavy metal rock will
but its better just to sit on a chair back
straight lamp on and revise, no
pillows, no comfortableness, when
your body wants to sleep yet you have
to fight it comfort ability should be
what your actively seeking to stop.
Eat a Snack: Get your blood sugar up by
eating a healthy snack (junk food will
just give you a burst of energy but then
you’ll crash and collapse for 7 hours,
wake up and realise you didn’t do any
revision). Apples are always a good
food to help you keep your blood sugar
stable so you can stay awake (a lot of
people say they will wake you up
better than caffeine and hey its also
one of your 5-a-day)
Other Study Tip;
1. Do your work. Plenty of times, you
get sidetracked. Avoid this by
setting a constant pace for yourself:
50 minutes of work, and a 10
minute break. Besides, keeping your
mind occupied will make it easier to
2. Avoid caffeine, if possible. See
warnings for reasons why. Drink
two brimming glasses of ice cold
water every 30 minutes. Not only
will the cold keep you awake, but
you’ll need to urinate very often.
It’s difficult to sleep on the toilet.
3. Play (softly, if you have a roommate)
hard-core metal music. You may
enjoy it, but it must be, at all costs,
harsh and a bit arrhythmic. Try to
stick to instrumental music, which
is less distracting. This will keep
you from being lulled to sleep.
4. Work with windows open. cold air will
keep you awake. Warm air knocks
you out. If you find the cold air is
effective in keeping you awake, you
can even go to the bathroom and
wash your face with cold water.
Only wash your face if you are
getting tired, you don’t want to
waste studying time.
5. Set your computer screen to a lower
setting, (duller and darker) so as not to
strain your eyes. See warnings for
why not to.
6. Turn off instant messengers, your
cellphone, the TV, and do not surf
the Internet, read, draw, etc. In fact,
pinch yourself if you do. This can
distract you very easily.
7. Do not work in bed, on a couch, or on
the floor. If you work in any other
place than a cold, hard table and
chair, you will feel very tempted to
sleep. If possible, work somewhere
far away from your room/bed, so
it’s a pain to go back and sleep. Try
to be around some other people,
too, so you do not feel comfortable
sleeping in your chair.
8. Set a timer, if you’re going to nap.
Don’t nap for more than 20
minutes, and stay half-awake.
Avoid napping at all costs, though.
“Just 20 minutes of relaxation” will
more likely involve you waking up
past your class the next day.
9. Rotate subjects every hour, if
applicable. You’ll quickly mentally
wear out on one topic.
10. Work through it all. If you have time
at the end, pack up your stuff, lay
out your clothes, then set your
alarm as late as possible, to achieve
the most possible sleep.
11. Try sitting in different places
around the room.
12. Remember: if you are tired and are
completely slumping over your
work, sit up straight. It could
immediately make you feel more
awake. Yes, it sounds silly, but try
– Eat protein-rich foods like
sandwiches, cheese, and other dairy
products. Sugary foods may make
you feel awake for a little while, but
can eventually make you feel
drowsy. Apples or apple juice also
help, especially if you eat cheese
with it. Apples keep your blood
sugar stable so you’re able to stay
awake longer, some say they’re
better than caffeine!
– Think positively. Thoughts such
as: “I am almost done,” “This is
actually not too bad,” “I will get to
see the sunrise,” “I will get a good
grade” can definitely help.
– Get scared. Sure, it sounds silly,
but do it. Watch a horror movie or
read something frightening. You’ll
be too scared to fall asleep. Do not
do this if there is work to be
– Tap your feet! It may seem weird,
but it helps for some people to
consistently tap their feet. If it
becomes a habit, it might just save
you from falling asleep at those
final dire moments.
– Chew gum. Like tapping your feet,
it keeps you awake without being
– Squeeze and Massage your Ears
There are acupoints on your ears,
and when stimulated, send
electrical signals into your brain.
You’ll feel buzzed immediately.
– Don’t eat granola, milk or lemons.
These are all foods that will make
you tired and sleepy.
– Always have the light on. It’s hard
to stay awake when you’re in a nice