How to Stay Awake While Studying & Reading Late at Night

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How to Stay Awake While Studying & Reading Late at Night
Instead of dreading a late night of study, incorporate fun and creative ways to stay awake. (James Woodson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Just about every student faces a late night of studying and reading at some point. Perhaps the greatest challenge of a night like this is not the studying, but the ability to stay awake and alert enough to take in what you are studying. Staying awake for a late night study session can be done with a little bit of creativity and forethought.

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  1. 1

    Don't eat a big dinner. There's nothing like eating a big meal that makes you want to drift right to sleep. If you know that you're facing a late night of study and reading, be sure to eat a light dinner. Plan to eat some energy boosting snacks throughout the night instead.

  2. 2

    Take a couple of breaks for some exercise. If you are in a safe area and the weather permits, go outside and take a quick jog around the block. If you're not able to go outside, try doing a few push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks or stretches inside.This will help to energise your mind and body.

    How to Stay Awake While Studying & Reading Late at Night
    A little bit of exercise will help you to refresh and refocus on your studies. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Change positions often. Try reading and studying while standing up or sit in a hard chair or on the floor. If you're lying down in bed or reclining in a comfortable chair, you'll never make it.

  4. 4

    Take a break for a quick, cool shower. There's nothing like cool water to wake up even the sleepiest student. Don't spend a lot of time: Make it quick and efficient.

    How to Stay Awake While Studying & Reading Late at Night
    A quick, refreshing shower will help to keep you alert. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Keep the temperature cool. Don't allow yourself to get warm and toasty. That's a sure way to fall asleep fast. Turn on the air conditioner if it is warm outside or turn the heat to a minimum if you are studying during the cold months.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep late study nights to a minimum. Your mind and body need rest in order to function at their best as a student.
  • Avoid using artificial means, such as caffeine, to stay awake. This can be harmful to your body.

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