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When is the Best Time to Study?

The truth is, there’s no definite “best time to study”. This differs from person to person. However, there are things to note about studying at particular times, specifically during the night or during the day.

So are you a morning person or a night owl?

The Circadian Rhythm dictates our body’s cycles of alertness and focus. It governs our 24-hour sleep and wake cycle, which then drives hunger, levels of fatigue/energy, and the timeframes in which we undertake activities such as work and study.

Everybody has different lifestyles and daily routines, which gives each one of us a unique internal body clock that may differ or be the same from person to person.

The typical morning person can be ready as early as 7 am. That burst of energy will usually last around 10 am — where they’ll usually have a coffee break or stretch for a bit. After the 2nd burst of energy, it usually tones down after 3 pm where they start slowing down.

For night owls, it’s obviously the exact opposite. They’ll start sluggish in the morning, and pick up and have their burst of energy around midday and last up to 7 pm. They’ll start slowing down up until 10 pm for sleep or recreational activities before calling it a day.

If you got to relate to any of this, well better read on to learn what it means to be studying as a morning person or a night owl and then maybe answer, when is the best time to study for you?


Studying During the Day: What are the Benefits of a Morning Person?

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If you’re a morning person, it’s not hard to argue that studying during the morning is the way to go. Usually, waking up after a good night’s sleep is refreshing — which is makes sense for people who can get going during the day.

You are less likely to use indoor lighting during the way especially if your study setup is close by a window.

Sunlight is actually a good source of natural lighting and can cause less strain, as supposed to artificial lighting via blue lights (which is why most devices nowadays have a “blue light filter” feature)

Natural lighting also keeps you active, as it works with our pituitary gland to make us alert and awake — vital for a good study session for a course you’re taking.

Some tips for studying during the day:

  • Have a good study area (indoor or outdoor) that can provide you with sufficient natural lighting.
  • Eliminate potential distractions – listen to soothing study music to help you block out unwanted noise.
  • Have a good breakfast before you start your study session. Best to feed your stomach before you feed your brain.


Studying During Night Time: The Night Owl’s Benefits:

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Working on a 9-5 job? Or are you probably looking after a child during the day and only have time to study during the night?

If nighttime is the only time you have for studying, or you feel like you’re at your best and your most productive hours are during the late hours, don’t worry.

Just as there are heaps of reasons why you should study during the morning, there are also positive reasons why studying at night can also be beneficial.

The most obvious perk of studying during the night is the peace and quiet you’ll almost certainly enjoy.

Most people would be asleep by the time you start your study session — which should give you all the focus time you need to absorb and retain knowledge.

The nighttime environment can be exactly what you need as someone who needs to study.

Also, most of your responsibilities are now completed come night time. So you have no other task to think about after you study, besides sleeping, of course.

A few tips for studying during night time:

  • Limit distractions – sure, it’s peaceful and quiet, but you can still distract yourself with your phone. Turn it off or put it on silent to fully focus on your study session
  • Create a study schedule/routine to help you manage your study hours during the night so that you can still get a good night’s sleep. Balance is a must.
  • Be sure to have proper lighting (preferably with blue light filter to have less eye strain)

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