It is undoubted that the measure of ones intelligence depends on the level of information exposed to the brain. Constant subjection of the brain to intense mental and academic work increases intellectual capacities of which reading is one of them. That is why there are always discrepancies between the educated and the unlettered.
Students who persistently and voraciously read are most times seen at the summit of success while those who find it challenging to read their books are often seen struggling with pitiable grades.
Generally, many challenges arise whenever students pick their books to read. But the most difficult and tormentful of them all is SLEEP especially in nocturnal studies. Also, many students found it difficult to read books for a long period of time ( 2 or 3 hours in a whole day) while avid and voracious readers could read TDB (till day break) up to 12 hours without giving in to sleep or weakness.
Indeed sleep has jeopardized many students academic lives. It has been a bane for many students’ failures over the years. Some would pick a book only to discover it served a good sleeping pill both in bright days and nights. Some could stay awake and active using their phones till day break without any sign of dizziness but when it comes to reading, the story changes.
Meanwhile, many students are making unguided efforts to overcome sleeping both in diurnal and nocturnal studies but most times their efforts proves abortive. Some students consume large quantities of coffee or kola nuts on daily basis to help this situation without considering the negative effects of these beverages.
As Coffee contains caffeine which is strongly addictive and capable of causing insomnia (a sleeping disorder that is known for its symptoms of unrest and the inability to sleep), it could also result in anxiety and perhaps depression when consumed incessantly for a long period of time. Besides this, some students deepen their feet in cold water during night studies as a way of avoiding sleeping. This practice also has some harmful trace of dermatological (diseases associated with the skin) effects. Others are used to washing their faces countless times just to stay active but all to no avail.
Many of these hapless students remain helpless in the awful situation. Well, there are some secrets behind studying for a long period of time without dozing off.
Sleeping, however is very essential for human survival, just like food, water and oxygen. Hence it is practically impossible to live without sleeping for a considerable period of time.
The duration of sleep among animals varies, depending on their daily activities. Some animals can sleep for a very long period of time like the Koala with an average sleep of 22 hours per day while some sleep for a shorter period. The human brain has a recommendable period of time for sleep for an average person to maintain its optimal function_ ranging from 7 to 8 hours per day as neither deficit nor excess sleeping is friendly to health.
Looking into the physiology and neurology of sleep which involves series of events that take place in the body before the initiation of sleep.
Sleep as a state of reduced consciousness or responsiveness is triggered and initiated by a hormone in the brain called ‘melatonin’. (Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the hypothalamus of the brain. It is involved in regulating the reproductive and sleep/wake cycles in mammals).
Actions of melatonin could be altered by some certain conditions like the amount of light available to eye, the quantity and type of food in the body, drugs, emotional state or by actions of some of its antagonist hormones like ‘tyrosine’.
During sleeping, the brain uses the opportunity to instruct the body to repair cells, restores energy, and releases molecules like hormones and proteins, to arrange information in various parts of it. For instance the hippocampus transfers information from the temporal memory to the permanent memory with greater degree. Also through the glymphatic system, the brain cleans the central nervous system and get rid of wastes for its maximal function. Thus, the essentiality of sleep cannot be over emphasized.
Anyone who wishes to study or read actively both in day time and nights can adopt the top secrets of conquering sleep and mental weakness reviewed in this article that will help them read for a long period of time.
KNOW THE TYPE OF FOOD YOU EAT BEFORE READING: First, the type of food or drink taken before reading may have a significant effect on the arousal system. Taking high starchy or proteinous meal compels the brain to acute dizziness. It is therefore better to take little of these food at least a few minutes before setting to read this is because sleep is easily induces within the period of digestion of food in the body. Also to always take a sip of water at intervals while reading, this is because water helps the brain to retain focus with much clarity.
TAKE A REST BEFORE YOU START READING: Students who intend to adapt the uninterruptible night studies can employ the early going to bed method which involves going to bed as early as 7:00pm. By sleeping at this time it would be practically possible to awaken before 1:00am and commence underacted reading. This method is very reliable as studies has shown that our brains function best at early hours of morning.
YOUR POSITION MATTERS WHILE READING: More so, the position that one assume while reading is very important. Some students have the habit of reading in bed or lying down while reading. Besides the fact that this habit increases chances of dizziness; one may not have full concentration as the mind might give in to sleep easily and unaware during the period of lying down. So it is advisable to read sitting down on a chair and desk possibly in a room without bed as it would jettison every thought of sleep out the mind. Therefore making it possible to read for a longer period of time.
YOU HAVE TO READ UNDER BRIGHT LIGHT: Reading in a room where there is moderate supply of light is another effective measure to escape the rage of sleep. Since reading in dim light does not only triggers actions of sleep hormones it also increases high risk of vision defects. So to read and study actively especially in nights, a bright light is needed. In addition to that, the study room should also be well ventilated to reduce tension on the brain and to keep the body stable.
MAKE A GOOD CHOICE OF WHAT TO READ: The choice of what to read is another essential aspect as many students are yet to realize that one could find it difficult to fall asleep while reading interesting or more familiar courses unlike reading untamed ones idly that may initiate sleeping.
This is because there is some affinity between the mind and what one is enthusiastic about. Often, this practice registers unusual zeal in the mind that could make the brain more active thereby keeping sleep away from eyes. Similarly, calculation courses are also very good at keeping the brain active and out of sleep as they acquit the brain with colossal mental exercises. Just like reading could be combined with writing or jotting down, because writing is a little exercise that keeps the brain focused.
TAKE SHORT BREAKS: Furthermore, while studying or reading for a long period of time, one may take short breaks (like five to ten minutes) at intervals. This short break could be utilized by playing highly difficult games (e.g: puzzle games) where they are available. This practice further revives the brain and helps maintain its alertness. But in the absence of games, one could take a walk.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, sleeping is a difficult thing to get over whenever it comes to take its natural course but making constant efforts to surmount it is a practice that requires consistency. Thus, constant sticking to a particular time of the day or night can spare one from falling asleep during the established period of personal studies. This also has same results with having responsive passion for reading which has always been the secret of most voracious readers who never give in to sleeping during their period of reading.