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Finding it hard to sleep before an exam? You’re not alone


Students across the country often struggle to get a good night’s rest before the big day. Don’t panic, take a deep breath and read some of our useful tips that will help you doze off before exams.

1) Don’t cram study

You heard us. Don’t study the day before your exams. At this point, if you don’t know the material, you don’t have much hope. All you will do is get anxious if you stumble across something you don’t know, which will seriously serve to keep you up at night. If you want to, do some light subject reading before bed, but no timed tests to stress you out.

2) Eat a healthy dinner

You may have seen our blog about the best brain foods to eat before your exams? If you haven’t, we can surmise that you should be eating a healthy dinner before your exams. Put down the McDonalds and pick up the McBroccoli. You should be eating a balanced meal that’s low on sugar and caffeine – so you’ll be able to sleep easier. We know the struggle is real, but you have to say “no” to pudding.

3) Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is all the rage. (Although ‘rage’ may not be the right word.) Mindfulness is a mix of breathing exercises and meditation that, when used before exams, can help you stay calm and focused. There are a number of techniques you can learn to centre yourself. With anxieties gone, you should be able to get to sleep quicker and have a restless night.

4) Turn off your phone sheep’le

Shock horror, but it’s a well-known fact that smartphone screens stop your brain from producing melatonin (the hormone that helps you sleep). So switch it off, put it in another room and lock the door so that you’re not tempted to spend the night before your exams scrolling Instagram rather than getting rested.

5) Don’t worry

If you’ve tried all of the above and you still are struggling to get a good night’s sleep… then don’t worry! One night’s sleep won’t hurt your exam prospects. You’ve still studied hard and worked towards success and a few lost hours won’t limit your chances of success. So just dive right in.

If it’s not the night before your exam and you still want to revise, then get a tutor. At Tutor House, we have experienced tutors for every subject and all levels. Call us on 020 3950 0320 or email to find out more.