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Student in need of advice on sleep schedule

  1. Apr 15, 2016 #1
    I just thought, who better to ask than those who have been through this phase and deal with students on a regular basis?

    Anyway, I'm just a lot more creative and productive at night, but need to get up at 8AM for school. How do I get enough sleep so that I'm not a sleep deprived zombie after a week of 4-6 hours of sleep and am able to use my night time productivity?

    I'm strongly convinced that I need to find a way to study at night, because:

    -My average studying was 1-2 hours a day, but when I started to nap for 1 hour in the afternoon and sleep at 2-3am, I was able to do 25 hours in 1 week! Although later I started feeling the effects of sleep deprivation...

    -I'm terrible at English, but when I stayed up all night writing my essay, I ended up coming first in the year!
    -I was doing a practice multiple choice for a topic in biology I have only just started studying, and I got 23/25. I was able to figure it out with logic and the power of my 3am brain...

    So, what do?
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  3. Apr 15, 2016 #2


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    I think that your assumption that you need to find a way to study at night is flawed. There could be many other factors involved in the few examples that you've given such as lack of distractions, previous sleep during those events, etc. I personally find that consistant and regular sleep patterns helps me the most with respect to work and study. I have been going to sleep between 8 and 9pm for years. I wake refreshed between 3 and 5am without an alarm clock. This schedule has the added benefit of helping me to fall asleep very quickly. Try finding a sleep-study schedule that doesn't involve showing up for class half-asleep. If you really feel that you can only study at 3am, then go to bed earlier so that you can get up at that time.
  4. Apr 15, 2016 #3
    I've been thinking of doing that. My grandfather who is the principal at a university said he slept at 7pm and wake up at 1-2am, did his stuff until about 5:30am and took a nap till about 8. What do you think of that?
  5. Apr 15, 2016 #4


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    That sounds reasonable though I would err on the side of more sleep for a college student. Consistancy is key. You have to find what works for you over a long period of time.
  6. Apr 18, 2016 #5
    If you only have 3.5 hours of work, sure! But the difficult part is - can you discipline yourself to go to bed at 7pm every night? Especially in university, some classes don't even start until then!
  7. Apr 18, 2016 #6
    Yeah exactly haha. I've tried a few things and decided that it's just better to sleep a bit late and nap in the afternoon when theres time :)
  8. Apr 19, 2016 #7
    That's all fine and dandy and usually what I resort to, but then if you don't get time for a nap, you're useless. There are plenty of people who boast about having sleep schedules like that, but they're generally well enough adjusted in their careers that they have flexible schedules - as a student, you don't have that luxury. What I usually do is head home in the evening (say, 6PM) and then nap for a couple hours, and then stay up later.
  9. Apr 19, 2016 #8


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    Well, there you go ... I guess I always had a sneaking hunch that I was a damn ...[COLOR=#black]..:mouse:[/COLOR]
    I'm a night person and it doesn't seem there's a thing I can do about it...[COLOR=#black]..[/COLOR]:thumbdown:

    I can easily get my days and nights completely switched around... I really don't like that, either...[COLOR=#black]..:oldmad:[/COLOR]

    Anyway, there is a bunch of reading on the subject, here ...[COLOR=#black]..[/COLOR]:sleep:[COLOR=#black]......[/COLOR]lol

    That's me in a nut shell...[COLOR=#black]..[/COLOR]:frown:
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
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