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Tips to stay awake when you're dead tired from studying

evanescenteuphoriaevanescenteuphoria Registered User Posts: 717 Member
edited October 2005 in High School Life
What are some strategies that you take to prevent you from sleeping while studying late at night?

here are some of mine:

Always read at a table. This will prevent you from falling asleep. Use a hard chair to also help keep you awake. Futhermore, the table allows you to have a platform that will support your book and make reading easier.

when you realize that your mind is slugging and you're not understanding what you're studying, go wash your face with cold water. go outside and do a few jumping jacks or something to get your body active. do some pushups or pullups.

take a 20 minute short nap. these are supposed to be very effective in helping you regain your strength. if you think u'll fall asleep until the morning, then take a nap in a chair instead.
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Replies to: Tips to stay awake when you're dead tired from studying

  • imiracle911imiracle911 Registered User Posts: 3,309 Senior Member
    Listen to heavy metal music while closing my eyes and imagining how the band would perform for about five minutes. Then when i open my eyes i am refreshed and motivated again.
    Another method is i get a heat-pack on put it on my back.
  • QuickLikeCatQuickLikeCat Registered User Posts: 273 Junior Member
    Naps never work for me, but all your other suggestions tend to help me out. I always get super-tired after naps or say "just ten more minutes..." and before I know it, it's morning and I've gotten no work done.

    Whenever I study, I constantly chug from a water bottle (after I finish a problem, or a page in a history book). It keeps me awake and hydrated, and serves as a VERY mild reward system.
  • quitejadedquitejaded Registered User Posts: 1,816 Senior Member
    I listen to a funny talk show.
  • simfishsimfish . Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
    then take a nap in a chair instead.

    I've slept for several hours in a chair before. It's pretty irritating considering that I go to a table with chairs precisely to prevent myself from falling asleep. When floors are carpeted, I also tend to fall asleep on the floor
  • RBase07RBase07 Registered User Posts: 989 Member
    push ups are golden, especially while listening with ear phones to hard-rock.
  • rainbow kirbyrainbow kirby Registered User Posts: 2,235 Member
    Sleep when you need to! You'll only feel worse if you force yourself to stay awake for too long.
  • prolixityprolixity Registered User Posts: 413 Member
    sing while you work. =) musicals do it for me.
  • theoneotheoneo Registered User Posts: 6,934 Senior Member
    Get Up And Dance.

    Put On Some '99s Techno And Get Your Groove On!

    ^That was supposed to be in all caps.
  • JTC007JTC007 Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
    I listen to music as I'm doing homework late at night. It distracts me a bit, but it is effective at keeping me up. I also heavily drink water, QuickLikeCat.

    Naps are horrible for me: they make me realize how tired I really am. I need to get in the habit of going to bed earlier because I can definitely feel it the next day if I didn't get enough sleep and then my concentration slips :(
  • NoFXNoFX Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    eyedrops!!!!!!!

    naps are baaaaad for me.. i fell asleep when I was napping while slouching over the table.. But when I do usually wake up, I feel so tired and I give in..
  • hypergreenbeanhypergreenbean Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    "I always get super-tired after naps or say "just ten more minutes..." and before I know it, it's morning and I've gotten no work done."

    Exactly.
  • blah06blah06 Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    a 20 minute nap usually turns into a 2-3 hour nap for me...haha
  • KnavishKnavish Registered User Posts: 835 Member
    Yeah, do NOT take naps. They don't work.
  • CC ArticlesCC Articles - Posts: 32,240 Senior Member
    How about: go to bed when you get dead tired since it is not worth the strain on your body and chances are you won't remember most of what you are "studying" anyway? I have never in my life pulled an all-nighter (i don't think i ever stayed up past midnight doing homework in high school) and I never plan to.
  • SpinachSpinach Registered User Posts: 436 Junior Member
    take a 20 minute short nap. these are supposed to be very effective in helping you regain your strength. if you think u'll fall asleep until the morning, then take a nap in a chair instead.
    Haha, I never take naps when I'm dead tired because I will not wake up. And I don't know how to nap in a chair.
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