Okay LSAT prep friends, those of you preparing for the June LSAT should know that it’s right around the corner. At this point I cannot stress enough how important consistently getting enough sleep is. We’ve discussed the concept that sleep catches up with you many times. So, hopefully, you understand that at this point in your LSAT prep you should regularly be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night leading up to the exam.
Now, I am well aware that this is easier said than done—especially with test taking nerves overwhelming you throughout the day. I thought we could go over some different ways you can get to sleep faster and have fuller, more satiating bouts of rest.
- LSAT Prep Sleep Rule #1: Be consistent
Getting your body in the habit of falling asleep at the same time each night will help create a routine for your mind. The more consistent your sleep schedule is, the easier it will be for you to fall asleep when you want to. Likewise, be consistent with the time you wake up every morning. Stop hitting that snooze button. The more you vary on your wake-up time, the more you confuse your body on when it needs to be alert and ready.
- LSAT Prep Sleep Rule #2: Utilize melatonin to naturally regulate your sleep cycle
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is controlled by your exposure to light. It helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. The less light there is, the more your brain secretes melatonin, which, in turn, makes you sleepier. Studying in dark areas will boost your melatonin production causing you to get sleepier. In turn, staring at a television, laptop or iPad screen late into the evening halts your body’s natural production of melatonin, keeping you awake past the time you should be. Make sure to study in well-lit areas. Stop studying at least half an hour before you go to bed. If you like to read before you go to sleep, don’t read from a backlit device.
- LSAT Prep Sleep Rule #3: Create a sleep friendly environment in your bedroom
Try to avoid studying or doing any kind of work in your bedroom. Get your mind used to relaxing when you step into the bedroom. Keep your room cool. The majority of people sleep best in a slightly cool room, usually around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. You also want to make sure that your bed is comfortable. You might want to either invest in a foam pillow or borrow one from a supportive friend or family member.
The key is to get enough rest. No matter how well you know the material, if your eyelids are heavy and your mind is drifting off, it won’t matter. Eat, drink and rest well these last 13 days and I guarantee you’ll reap the benefits on test day!