Day and Night: When is my Brain at its Best?

Do you struggle to focus in the morning, but find yourself staying up late and working productively regularly? As students, we can all agree that most of the time, studying is never going to be enjoyable – no one ever rolls out of bed in the morning looking forward to hitting the books. However, it’s interesting how some students are able to digest and memorize massive amounts of information in the early morning, while others tend to focus better in the evening, churning out essays at a lightning fast rate until the late hours. This left us wondering – when, if ever, is the best time to study?

How Time of Day Impacts Your Brain

Sorry Night Owls, but research is against you here – students’ brains do actually tend to be at their sharpest in the morning. While this is obviously dependent on the student having a refreshing night’s sleep and a nourishing breakfast, the morning is usually the best time for the brain to comprehend and digest fresh information, making it a good time to start on a new topic in your textbook or even review yesterday’s notes. This is the time where your brain will be able to recall little details like names, places, dates and facts with ease – history students, take note!

On the contrary, the afternoon usually tends to be a good time to integrate new information with previously learned content, with the brain making connections to facts or sources it finds to be more relevant and meaningful to the topic at hand. This means that the afternoon could be a good time to squeeze in some English revision, or even tackle a Psychology paper.

So, When Should I Study?

At the end of the day, you should be choosing a study period that suits you best. Students who study throughout the day are often more energised, kept alert by natural light, and perform better due having rested during sleep the night before – just make sure you’re not getting distracted by your surroundings or friends! Students who prefer to study at night enjoy the bliss of having peace and quiet, resulting in fewer distractions, and also enjoy a clearer mind for enhanced creative thinking. However, if you do choose to study at night, make sure you don’t indulge in coffee or energy drinks to force yourself to stay awake, and remember to get a solid eight hours sleep in to make sure you’re all good to go for the next day of work.

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