When to Stop Studying


By Staff Writer Published on August 13, 2013

The path to success for a student seems to begin with and revolve around studying. Many students are under the false impression that they should spend most of their time studying. As discussed just previously, studying is indeed important; however, studying should not rule your life.

This declaration may come as a shock to some students. But studies have shown that a balanced life is what will help people to stay happy, healthy, and have an overall good quality of life. Here are some examples of time when it is appropriate to stop studying.

Before bed

Many studies show that studying right before bed can help students retain information. Apparently when you sleep, the information is solidified in your brain and you can remember things better. While this may be true, there are several other things you can do to help your brain relax before you sleep. Students often do not get very much time to relax. If you are one of these students, taking a hot shower or a calming bath could really help you to relax.

While you are in bed

While studying before bed has been shown to help students retain information, studying while in your bed has not yielded such positive results. Beds, first and foremost, are for sleeping. If you study in your bed, you may begin to associate your bed with studying rather than with sweet slumber. This can have negative effects on your ability to concentrate and focus if you are studying in your bed.

During a break

Contrary to what your brain or your parents may tell you, it is ok to take breaks while studying! In fact, it is pretty much necessary. Taking breaks helps your brain to relax and refocus for a few minutes. Trying to study nonstop for hours on end will only contribute to you feeling more tired, stressed, and frazzled.

Although it seems against your moral code of honor, it is ok to stop studying sometimes. Follow these general tips for when to stop studying and you will probably like your life just a little bit more.

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