Why You Need Sleep When Studying

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- It's that time of the year, finals.

We stopped by the library at JMU Wednesday and within just two minutes, six students ran by with books opened in their hands and 10 minutes to spare.

Dr. Stephen Phillips at RMH said pulling all-nighters can distort your memory.

It's better to study when you're naturally awake and alert and not using any artificial stimulants.

College students have different methods of dealing with the pressure.

Some are healthy and productive, while others not so much.

"For finals, I'm pretty by the book. When I get back from class I study for a few hours. The most important thing is spacing, I try to space it out as much as possible, not so much quantity. Getting enough sleep, I try to get at least eight hours," said Brian Cheethan, a junior at JMU.

"I pull a lot of all-nighters. I drink a bunch of 5-hour energies and a lot of Red Bull until I just feel sick to my stomach," said Zachary McCarthy, a fifth-year student at JMU.


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