Why sleep­ing is bet­ter than going through

Learn­ing while sleeping

To sleep suf­fi­cient­ly and wake up well rest­ed — that is the ide­al case. Some­times that does­n’t work. But in exam phas­es or when you’ve real­ly learned and read a lot, you should def­i­nite­ly make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Because: Dur­ing sleep, your brain process­es what you have expe­ri­enced and learned dur­ing the day. This helps you to con­sol­i­date your knowl­edge overnight. If you don’t even get into a deep sleep phase, your mem­o­ry and your per­for­mance suf­fer. You are exhaust­ed, irri­ta­ble — and you get sick more often. You also find it dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate. Your abil­i­ty to react also decreas­es if your brain can­not recov­er suf­fi­cient­ly dur­ing the night. Lack of sleep can even lead to high blood pres­sure, anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and an increased risk of diabetes.

The worst disruptors

There are, of course, var­i­ous rea­sons why we some­times don’t sleep well. The most impor­tant four sleep rob­bers are these:

  • Num­ber 1: Your cell phone
    The uni­ver­si­ty day is tur­bu­lent and you always try to be up to date. Nev­er­the­less, you should stop look­ing at your cell phone before going to bed. The blue light from the screen pre­vents the pro­duc­tion of the sleep hor­mone mela­tonin, which makes us tired. In gen­er­al, it’s a good idea to ban the cell phone from the bedroom.
  • Num­ber 2: Pres­sure to per­form
    Oha, tomor­row is already my paper? Then put on some cof­fee and pull an all-nighter at your desk. Not a good idea — you’ll learn bet­ter and think more clear­ly if you’re not con­stant­ly dri­ving on the rim. And you often feel the after­shocks of an all-nighter days lat­er. So bet­ter get a few hours of sleep and then go on with a fresh head.
  • Num­ber 3: The thought carousel
    New sur­round­ings, new peo­ple, new life. No won­der you feel a lit­tle queasy and wor­ry if you can han­dle every­thing. And all of these thoughts keep you from sheep­ing. But you can learn to switch off inter­nal­ly: auto­genic train­ing or med­i­ta­tions to fall asleep help.
  • Num­ber 4: The alco­hol
    Par­ty­ing is to study­ing as ton­ic is to gin. How­ev­er, you should avoid alco­hol, cig­a­rettes and cof­fee before going to bed. They affect and short­en REM sleep, the phase in which you dream. Less REM sleep in turn leads to dif­fi­cul­ties with con­cen­tra­tion, mem­o­ry and motor skills.

You want to know how oth­ers sleep or how you can dream bet­ter? Then read the com­plete article:

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