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5 tips on how to study at night without falling asleep

Have you ever made plans to study at night, only to wake up in the morning to find yourself lying on your books? Chances are that you have just experienced this recently, and that’s why you’re here. I’m sure you must have felt frustrated when you woke up to realize that you didn’t study a thing at night, especially if your exams were close.

Anyway, this blog post is designed to help you learn how to study effectively at night without falling asleep. But first, let’s take a quick look at why students study at night.

There are several reasons why students study at night. Some of them include:

1. To avoid distractions.
2. To focus, think, and assimilate better.
3. To catch up with topics they’ve missed out on.
4. To finish up with a project or assignment.
5. To prepare thoroughly for an examination.
6. And last but not the least, some students study at night because they’re night owls, they just find it more appealing to study at night.

I’m sure that you can relate to at least one of the listed reasons above. Whether you’re the type that often makes plans to study at night but ends up sleeping off, or you just want to learn better ways to study effectively at night, I’ll be sharing 5 tips that will definitely help you out.

Kindly note that some of these tips would require you to get out of your comfort zone. Ready or not, here we go!

1. Sleep:

I know, I know. You’re trying to stay awake so you can study and I’m asking you to sleep? How does that solve the problem? Well, it actually does solve the problem because enough sleep would help you to concentrate.

Here’s something you should understand, you can’t cheat sleep. If you try to study at night without having adequate sleep, then of course, you would fall asleep. In fact, sleep deprivation will mess with your health and I’m sure you don’t want that. Your body needs an average of 8 hours of sleep, so make sure you meet that mark. You could consider sleeping after you study too because research shows that it helps you remember things.

2. Never study in bed:

Studying in bed is a major mistake that a lot of students make. If you’re really serious about studying at night, then you should try as much as you can to avoid your bed. The reason for this is simple – studying in bed makes you feel very comfortable, hence the chances of falling asleep increases.

Studying at night would require you to go out of your comfort zone. You can’t possibly study comfortably in bed and expect to not fall asleep. If you’ve been studying in bed and wondering why you keep falling asleep, now you know why. Stay away from your bed!

3: Study with friends:

Studying with friends is a great way to motivate yourself to study at night. You do not necessarily need to study in the same location as your friends. This is not even advisable if there are chances of getting distracted by your friends.

What you can do instead is to agree on the nights on which you and your friends would study. Then make a commitment to study on those nights and give feedback to your friends. You’d realize that you would want to keep up with your friends, hence you’ll make sure to study. The action point now is to pick about 2 or more friends in your class who you would love to study with. Ensure that they are serious students too.

4. Get up and walk around:

While studying at night, try not to remain on a spot for a long time especially if you begin to feel sleepy. It’s important to keep your blood flowing while you study. This helps to keep you awake. To do this, you can try walking around and stretching your body for some time until you get back to studying. Do this often while you study and you’ll be fine!

5. The Pomodoro technique:

The Pomodoro technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in 1999. This technique has been practiced by thousands and thousands of people for over 20 years now. This alone proves the effectiveness of this studying technique. I’m sure you’re eager to know how the technique works.

So the Pomodoro technique requires that you break your study time into 25 minutes each with intervals of 5 minutes. Now, for every 25 minutes, you’d study with 100% focus with absolutely no distractions. And for the 5 minutes intervals, you can take a break. You could decide to scroll through your phone or take a walk.

This technique would definitely help you to study effectively if you practice it with commitment. Try out the Pomodoro technique and tell us what you think about it.


There you have it! 5 techniques to help you study effectively at night without falling asleep. If you need extra help from a professional and personalized tutor, do well to click this link to hire a tutor from GATE Academy.

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