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.
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