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Sleep your way to an easy A!
Okay, getting an A may not be that easy. But getting enough ZZZs the night before a big test will help your exam scores. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), success on exams in the classroom is related to sleep.
Sleep experts agree teens need more sleep than adults because their circadian rhythm, which is the body’s biological clock, is easily disrupted. Sufficient sleep is necessary for learning, memory and may even help to prevent weight gain.
In a culture that is driven by a need to achieve, sleep often takes a backseat to other activities, such as homework, studying, after-school clubs and sports. However, sleep is a source of energy for your body and you should recharge your biological batteries for about nine to 10 hours each night.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your sleep:
1. Get some quality shut-eye. Try to get around nine hours of sleep each night so you start each day feeling brand new!
2. Chillax already! Take it easy and relax before bedtime to ease yourself into a snooze state of mind. Instead of chatting away on AIM or checking Facebook until the wee hours of the a.m., cozy up with a book for some downtime.
3. Rise and shine! Turning on lights and opening your blinds will help wake up your mind and reset your biological clock for the day. A little exercise may help as well!
Sleeping is definitely not the only way to pass that history exam next week, but some bona fide beauty—um, we mean “quality”—sleep will totally help boost your scores!