Our Most Popular Sleep Tip in 2019

This past year was a big one for advancements in the science of sleep.  We here at SleepBetter.org strive to make sure you you know about all of the sleep news available, while also giving tips to help you sleep better.  So, as we approach the beginning of 2020, we did some research to find what was the most popular new sleep tip article in 2019  When we found it, we realized that apparently some people were worried about passing their exams. 

Without further adieu, here’s a link to the most popular new tip this year: 

Use Sleep To Your Advantage When Studying For Exams

The article, published in May, looked at ways sleep can help your memory as well as how getting a good night’s sleep is critical for high performance.  The great thing about this article is that the advice really applies to any important project or deadline.  It discussed why pulling an all-nighter can be a terrible idea, and gave the following advice: 

  • Plan ahead.  If you have a week until your test, study for a half an hour each night.  If you’re able, study shortly before bed, as the restorative sleep can actually help you retain the information.
  • Avoid studying in the early afternoon.  That’s the period of day when you’re likely to be less alert.
  • No matter what, make sure you get plenty of sleep on the night before your exam.  High school-aged students need about nine hours each night.  Walking into school bleary-eyed is a recipe for disaster.
  • Don’t overuse caffeinated drinks in an effort to stay alert.  Caffeine stays in your system for 6-8 hours, and can keep you from getting that good night’s sleep you need the night before.

Since this website was launched in 2009, we’ve published more than 1,500 posts with all sorts of information about sleep.  To find what you’re looking for, just use the search bar at the top of the page.  Happy New Year!