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Sleeping well and being rested has a significant impact on your ability to concentrate and study effectively. University life may mean you’re busier than normal, or your usual routine is disrupted which can all have an effect on your sleeping patterns.
Aim to stop studying at least an hour before going to bed. Do something relaxing and restful, such as listening to music, reading for pleasure, or having a bath. If you go straight from complex studying to trying to sleep, your mind will still be active and you will find it harder to switch off.
Everyone has had to stay up late to finish something before a deadline once or twice. However, if this is becoming a habit, it is hard to sustain and puts your mind and body under stress. See our page for strategies to avoid last minute panics:
Having a good routine and looking after yourself will make it easier to get a good night’s sleep and will mean you will study more effectively during the day. See the Wellbeing team’s page on living well:
Sometimes disrupted sleep can become a longer term issue. If you have insomnia, see the Wellbeing team and there are some good practical strategies on this guide: