How To Stay Awake / Avoid Sleeping While Studying – TIPS

How to Avoid Sleeping While Studying

The Examinations are around the corner and students put their best effort to excel in their Examinations. There are students who fall asleep while studying and can’t secure good grade in their Examinations. Many students study extra hours and late night to master the subjects and perform well in exams. Though sleep is inevitable, it is very much necessary to stay awake while studying for securing more marks in Examinations. Remember, if you shut your eyes, you shun your future. Here are few methods that can be practiced to avoid sleep while studying during Exams.

Before we discuss the methods to avoid sleep, lets analysis the cause for sleep. Sleep is a vital activity to replenish energy sources in the brain that are depleted during wakefulness. Our Brain requires a lot of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) to be active and energetic. The ATP is a small molecule used in cells, which carries energy to the place where the energy is needed. When we perform some activity like studying, workout etc a lot of ATP breaks into ADP (Adenosine diphosphate) and Pi (phosphate). Once ATP depletes, our body feels tired and the functioning of our brain becomes dull. To regain the lost energy, our body requires sleep and we start sleeping. During sleep, the ADP is converted back to ATP and we start feeling active after a short nap.


Students fall asleep while studying due to various reasons:

  • Having heavy meals
  • Studying in dim lights
  • lying in bed and studying
  • Studying in a room with sleeping ambiance
  • Feeling lonely while studying
  • Tension due to lack of time
  • Studying topics that are difficult to understand
  • Studying topics that are dry and boring
  • Disturbed sleep cycle
  • Eye Strain due to continuous reading
  • Various other health issues
  • Drowsiness due to medicines
  • Doing physical workout


Here Are Few Proven Methods to Avoid Sleep / Staying Awake While Studying:

Avoid Studying in Bed
Students should always avoid the practice of lying in bed and studying. Though they may feel it comfortable, it will make them lazy and create an urge to sleep. It is always best to sit straight in a chair and study.

Keep the Lights On
Never study under a table lamp and always keep the room bright with all lights on. Many students commit the mistake of studying with just the table lamp switched on. When you study under a table lamp, other area of the room will be dark. This will create a cozy ambiance and make you fall asleep.

Do Not Have Heavy Meal
Avoid having heavy meals before studying. Eating too much will make you feel lazy and make you hit the bed soon. When your stomach is full, you can’t concentrate on studies and your body will force you to sleep. Always have early lunch or dinner and don’t eat till you feel full. Don’t skip food, instead eat little and nutritious food.

Avoid Using Table Fan while Studying
Never use table fan while studying. Table fan blows wind directly on your face, it will dry the moisture in your eyes and induce sleep. It is always better to use ceiling fan. When you don’t have a ceiling fan, place the table fan at a reasonable distance and see to that it doesn’t blow wind directly on your face.

Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking more water while studying will create an urge to urinate frequently. Though not an effective practice, this will make you stay awake for a long time.

Walk Around and Study
Whenever you feel sleepy, its better to walk around the room and study. This will prevent you from falling asleep and helps you to concentrate in studies.

Study Loudly
Reading out loudly will help you to stay awake. Listening to your own voice will make you attentive and improve your concentration.

Take a Short Nap
When you plan to study late night, its better to take a short nap in the afternoon. This will help in regaining the lost ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) and refresh your body and mind.

Use Table and Chair for Studying
When you sit straight in a chair with a table in front, you will be whetting your appetite for reading. It creates an ambiance for studying and helps in improving your concentration.

Avoid Physical Workouts
Hitting the gym during Examinations will deplete your energy. Your body will require more rest after a heavy workout and prevent you from staying awake late night. Do moderate exercising in the morning to stay refreshed the whole day.

Regulate your Caffeine intake
Although caffeine is considered to make you active, too much of caffeinated drinks like coffee, cola etc will affect your health. Its better to restrict the intake of coffee to 2-3 cups a day.

Avoid Complex Subjects / Topics at Night
Its best to avoid reading a tough subject at night time. Generally during night time we feel lethargic and we can’t concentrate much in difficult and dry topics. Its better to study complex topics during daytime and study easy cum interesting topics at night time.

Taking Notes
When you take notes while studying, it will enhance your concentration and make you more attentive. It will also help you to revise key points during further reading.


By practicing the above methods you can spend some extra hours for studying, but care should be taken that you sleep at least for 5-6 hours a day. When our body is deprived of adequate sleep, it will adversely affect our health and will result in unnecessary consequences. Students should plan in such a way that they get time for adequate sleep and also for completing the syllabus. A Good planning will fetch you Good grades.

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