Published Oct 19, 2018
Think that getting less sleep in favor of studying is a good idea? Wrong, my friend! When we sleep we consolidate new information that we've learned throughout the day; meaning that sleep is vital to turn that new information into long-term memories. That extra hour of studying will be worthless if you don't get at least 6-8 hours, so close that book and get some shut-eye!
Happy that I've been doing that then! lol
It's true though. The sleep works so much more than the extra study time. Plus, if you prioritize sleep and can get up earlier, you'll feel refreshed and ready to take on some new info.
I found this to be true when I was taking the Nutrition and Statistics prerequisites for the UCSF MEPN program this past Spring 2019 at DVC where I always performed several points higher when I just slowed down a couple of days before a test and got as much sleep as possible.
The preparatory work is great, but your actual performance will be determined on the examination and not by working and reworking problems or studying the material over and over again or so it seemed for me in these two classes.
But with my acceptance into the LMC RN program, I will wait and apply to an MSN program after I work as an RN and get a little bit of experience under my belt.
Along these lines, I came across this wonderful TED2019 April 2019 talk Sleep is Your Superpower where Matt Walker author of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Scribner (2017) talks about the importance of sleep in preparing your brain to learn and write those memories after you learn.
So what is the consensus on getting more sleep before a test, helpful or hurtful?
Sleeping for a nursing student, is not a best friend!
As me why1
Yeah you should try to get in at least two quality REM cycles each night to make sure your brain is doing the work it needs to do.
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