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make your study plan long or short. Make sure

to plan your time, and don’t put studying off until

the last minute. It may seem tempting, however,

being prepared will help you feel more confident

when it comes time to write the exam.

Organize Before Your Exam

Make sure that you have all that you will need the

night before your exam. If youmay require a pencil,

a calculator, and an eraser, ensure that you have

them. The more together you are, then the less

stressed you will be.

Eat And Drink

If you’re allowed to take food and drink in, do so.

Fruits and veggies help the mind work. If you’re

going to bring a bottle of water, then tear off the

label as it could arouse suspicion that you may

have the answers written down if you leave the

label on.

When eating the night before, drink water or fresh

juice, and stay away from sugary drinks.

Eat breakfast! It will help keep your mind alert. Try

eggs, toast, cheese and a glass of juice. When

eating cereal, stay away from sugar. Don’t have

any coffee, as it can stimulate and cause you to

stay awake, but then later make you drowsy.

Show Up On Time

This is a given, however, you would be surprised

as to the number of students who miss the start of

exams. You may not be allowed in once the exam

has started, but if you are, make sure that you

first concentrate on the most valuable questions.

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Why You’re Not Sleeping

Over Thinking

School, exams, work, it can all build up. Amajority

of people tend to take things home with them,

either physically or mentally. Being a student, it

makes sense you have a lot on your plate and it

can be hard to shut your mind off at the end of a

busy day. If you find yourself still trying to solve

issues, and your mind just refuses to stop and be

quiet, it can make it much more difficult for your

body to transition between sleep stages.

Caffeine

When under stress, many students compensate

by increasing their caffeine consumption to make

it through the entire day. Caffeine can exacerbate

stress levels and significantly affect the amount

and quality of sleep you get.

Cortisol

This is a stress hormone that plays a key role in

the fight or flight response, that jolt of energy you

feel when you are overly threatened and stressed

that enables you to respond. Chronic stress can

lead to elevated levels of cortisol, and in turn can

disrupt sleeping patterns.

Over Scheduling

A busy and hectic semester can take away from

the time you have to dedicate to sleeping. If you

find yourself constantly pushing your bedtime to

later and later times to get things done, or getting

up earlier in the name of productivity, you may

feel exhausted a lot of the time and not realize the

toll lack of sleep is actually taking.

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SLEEP

Getting lots of rest before the big day is essential.

Try not to get stressed out, and soak in a hot bath

before bedtime. Do not drink tea, coffee, or any

other caffeinated drinks, as this is what makes

you stay awake. If you are having trouble, you

can refer to the next article on why you may not

be sleeping, and solutions to help you get rest.Getting Sleep When Stressed

When in school, sleep is extremely important.

Although it may sometimes be limited, you still

need it. Stress is one of the multiple factors that

prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. A

racing mind, the sweats, and even hunger may

accompany the stressors that keep you awake

at night.

Stephen Woodworth Member of Parliment Kitchener Centre WISHING YOU ALL GREAT SUCCESS! www.stephenwoodworth.ca YOUR VOICE IN OTTAWA