Sleep deprivation leads to memory loss.

Getting a solid night’s sleep is an important part of learning. It is during the deepest stage of sleep where a part of the brain critical in thinking clearly and memory is most stimulated. It can be tempting to stay up really late cramming, however the impact this has on memory recall is more detrimental than calling it a night and being well rested for your test.

Self-help tips

  • Create a routine for when you go to bed and when you wake up.
  • Try to avoid napping if you are having difficulty establishing regular sleep patterns.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and reduce your sugar intake.
  • Try meditation or muscle relaxation exercises before going to sleep.
  • Write positive moments from your day in a journal.
  • While lying in bed, visualize a calm and relaxing place.
  • Keep a pencil and notepad by your bed so if you wake during the night thinking of a new concept or the things you need to do, you can write it down.

Where to seek help

  • Campus Health Centre