Finals are a good news, bad news situation – the good news is knowing your holiday vacation is right around the corner; the bad news is that it can be a stressful time for many students. With the increase in study time and stress, you may not be getting much sleep.
Decreased sleep not only limits the ability to concentrate and problem solve during school, but also impairs reaction time, judgment and vision behind the wheel. Consider this: the National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-10 hours of sleep per night for teenagers, but the average teen only gets 7.4 hours per night. That’s a lot of sleepy students – and drivers!
Here are some tips for getting through finals without cutting into your precious sleep time and placing yourself in a dangerous driving situation:
- Make sleep a priority. It’s a key ingredient to staying healthy and safe.
- Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Recognize if you are too sleepy to drive and call someone else for a ride.
- Schedule your study time and take breaks often – you’ll cover and retain more information.
- If you’re stressed about a big test or didn’t get enough sleep due to cramming, ask for a ride and use that time to relax before your big test.
- Nothing can replace uninterrupted sleep – not even caffeine.
How do you handle test stress?