Be a morn­ing per­son

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION - By eLLeN WhYTe

SEV­ERAL stud­ies have shown that get­ting up early is not the best way to ap­proach learn­ing. Teenagers who sleep later are bet­ter rested and more ef­fi­cient learn­ers. How­ever, sched­ules be­ing what they are, you prob­a­bly have to strug­gle with some morn­ing classes. Here’s how to get set up so you’ve lots of en­ergy.

1. Go to bed at the same time ev­ery night and don’t make it too late. Your body loves rou­tine, so you should train your­self to go to bed at a rea­son­able hour. Aim for seven hours but eight is even bet­ter.

2. Day­light ac­ti­vates the brain, just like dark­ness will help you sleep. If it’s past dawn when you have to get up, open the cur­tains as soon as the alarm goes off so you make sure you get the ben­e­fit of the sun­light.

3. Buy a coffee maker. There’s noth­ing like wak­ing up to the scent of fresh coffee.

4. Lay out your clothes the night be­fore. If you don’t have to think about what you are go­ing to wear, you have time to wake up at your own pace.

5. Put to­gether a play list of your favourite songs. In­vest in a player with a timer and place it far away from the bed so you can’t roll over and switch it off. This way you will start the day in a pos­i­tive mind.

school of Pre- univer­sity stud­ies head sathya­vathy rasanayagam coun­selling stu­dents who need guid­ance in their study plan.

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