Sleep Tips for the Exam Period

Sleeping well prior to an exam is crucial, in order to ensure that your mind and body are able to function effectively during the exam.

It may be tempting to stay up late studying the night before an exam, however research shows that this does more harm than good. Not receiving enough sleep negatively effects many aspects of cognitive functioning, including memory and concentration. This means that if you are sleep deprived during your exam you won’t be able to perform to the best of your ability. Sleep also assists in the consolidation of memory, which means that getting a good night's sleep is essential for learning exam content.

Some useful sleep hygiene techniques include avoiding caffeine before bed and ensuring that one’s bedroom is quiet, dark and at a comfortable temperature. Try to avoid using electronic devices before bed, as the light from these devices prevents the release of melatonin – a hormone needed to fall asleep. Establishing a consistent routine of winding down before bedtime, possibly by reading a book or meditating, is also recommended.

Access more sleep tips for exam success here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/features/sleep-tips-exam-success

Read more about how electronic devices harm sleep here: https://www.sclhealth.org/blog/2019/09/why-it-is-time-to-ditch-the-phone-before-bed/

By Ella, Avivo Elite Tutoring and Blog Team Member