How to Stay Awake While Studying & Reading Late at Night

Written by becky hawk
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
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.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Instructions

  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.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.