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Let’s face it, we’re a generation of multi-taskers and on-the-goers. Most of us use our mobile devices for just about everything BUT phone calls. There’s work to be done, responsibilities to be fulfilled and obligations that require commitment. Oh, and sometimes we sleep.

For today’s college student, sleep is just as hard to come by. Some fall prey to the merciless grip of procrastination; others are true overachievers and go above and beyond in their academic life.; and not to mention the cheap plastic twin sized beds just aren’t as easy to rest on as their comfortable mattresses they’re more used to from home.

Whatever category you fall into, one thing is for sure: a good night’s sleep is not always an option. Luckily for you, I have spent many nights burning the midnight oil to complete term papers, financial statements, SWOT analysis, etc away from mattresses that were calling me to rest.After completing both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, I have not only earned a wealth of business knowledge but have crafted some ways to increase productivity while losing shut eye.

Here are some tips that have helped my productivity with minimal sleep:

  1. B-Vitamins: This type of vitamin supports and increases the rate of metabolism. Many doctors will argue that most people receive enough Vitamin B from their daily diet. However, if you live an active life and don’t always gain your necessary 8-hours of sleep, the extra boost of vitamin B can be instrumental for the late nights. Check your local pharmacy for B6, B12 and B3 dietary supplements. You can also find many B vitamins in tuna, whole grains, bananas and potatoes.
  2. Stretching & Movement: When we sleep, we’re still. So it’s quite common to feel sleepy when you remain still for long periods of time in front of the books. When you’re eyes to start to get heavy, get up and move around. If you’re into dancing, bust a move. Take a walk to the local coffee shop for some tea. Students that practice yoga can take a break to stretch. Whatever works best for you, just get up and get loose. Not only will this help ease the tension, it will release endorphins and serotonin through your body.
  3. Music: This won’t work for everyone. For some, it may even hinder the process. However, if you’re a music enthusiast who can handle the background noise, some low tunes can help you feel the rhythm and get into a productive study pattern.
  4. Shower: Sometimes, a quick shower can get the mind back in the game. Start the shower off hot to relax your nerves and muscles. Then, switch over to cold to give you a nice jolt to get back into focus. When done your shower, your body will feel clean and refreshed. This will make you feel good as a whole, and will have a positive impact on your productivity.
  5. Sleep: Ok, so you’ve taken your vitamins, danced your way to the coffee shop while jamming on your iPod, and showered when you got home. You’re still hitting a wall. Now what? There comes a time when you’re brain is telling you that enough is enough. So go to sleep already and set you’re alarm a couple of hours earlier than planned. You’ll be getting the same amount of sleep if you stayed up, but the extra hours will come at a time when your brain is rested. Usually you focus and retain information better if studying is the first activity you accomplish during the day.

This guest post is contributed by Ryan Fontana, who writes about accredited online colleges and universities. He welcomes your feedback via email: ryanf_ecf@ecollegefinder.org.

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