A 19-year-old female asked:
i'm in dentistry school and studying is hard,i need to study till 12am to wake up at 6am,how to stay focused,and prevent sleepiness?
4 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Good for you: Make sure you are getting proper nutrition. Take periodic short breaks from studying. Don't smoke. Try to arrange for at least 7hrs sleep a night. Latest research shows humans function best with 7.8 hrs sleep/night. Good Luck!
Prosthodontics 51 years experience
Hard Dental School: You must prioritize. Do not deprive your body from sleep, it will become impossible for you to function during the day. It will also compound your lack of attention in class and be counter productive. Focus like a laser beam during class. Write notes to yourself during class so you can remember the main points and research at the library that afternoon. Do not get distracted during the day .
Dentistry 40 years experience
Afternoon nap: I found that when I needed to study late, an afternoon nap for an hour and a half or two (4PM to 6PM) did wonders. Get up, have dinner, and you will feel refreshed and will be more focused and less anxious in your studying. Give it a try, and best of luck.
Pain Management 36 years experience
3 "simple" steps: 1. Construct and follow a reasonable study plan. 2. Make time for fun. 3. Stay focused on your dreams. Enjoy this "trip of your life" and good luck!
Last updated Jun 6, 2017
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