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How to improve the quality of your sleep during exams

How to improve the quality of your sleep during exams

Anna Powell

It can be very hard to get a good night’s sleep during exams. However, it is so important to be as well rested as possible. A good night’s sleep makes it more likely that you will be able to focus properly while studying and completing exams. Good quality sleep is also very important when it comes to the absorption and retainment of new information. Don’t sacrifice sleep to try cram in more study – you need sleep more before an exam.

Establish a sleep routine

As your exams draw closer, try to get into the habit of falling asleep and waking up at the same time every day. This will make it so much easier to fall asleep and wake up as your body will fall into a new routine.

Reduce screen time before bed

Do your best to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone before bed. After a long day of studying, it can be so tempting to stay up late scrolling your phone and watching TV. A simple compromise I always found helpful was to set a timer on my phone so that a show stopped playing after a certain amount of time. Then I would simply allow myself to listen to the show as I drifted off to sleep. It can also be great to read or listen to audiobooks or podcasts before bed too.


Magnesium can be such a great supplement to take in order to improve the quality of your sleep. Magnesium helps your body to relax and helps you to reduce your stress levels. This is why it is such a great supplement to take before bed or to receive naturally through different types of food.


It can be so important to do some form of exercise throughout the day in order to achieve a good night’s sleep. Although you may have been very busy throughout the day studying, your body may have extra energy that it needs to use up through movement. This is why it can be no harm to incorporate in a small walk or run into your day before you wind down for bed. Magnesium can be found in a wide variety of foods such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, spinach and avocado.

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Make an effort to be cozy

If you are struggling with winding down for bed, it can really help to make sure you are cozy and comfortable. Make an effort to get into your favourite pyjamas, do your skincare and perhaps wind down with your favourite hot drink. It also really helps to make sure your room is dark in order to get a good night’s sleep. I find it really helpful to dim the lights in my room as I get ready for bed. This helps me to relax before trying to go to sleep. Personally, I also love to get a hot water bottle when I’m wrecked as I find it helps me fall asleep so much faster.

Have you any tips for getting sleep during exams?

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