Going into high school four years ago, I was a very dedicated student. I studied for tests, and did my homework right when I got home, and I always managed to get a good nights sleep.
I held onto this for as long as I could. No amount of Netflix or easily streamable TV shows could stop me from doing my homework. I would get my homework done. I would go to bed and get a decent sleep. Then I would start the cycle all over again. I would minimize my TV time in the week and binge on the weekends to make sure I was getting everything done.
Then my junior year I started to get a lot more homework, but I still persisted. I still did all my work, I just went to bed latter.
Then senior year came along , and I was getting less homework, so I was getting more sleep.
Then second semester happened and now all I want to do is sleep. For about three weeks now, I have been hit hard with senioritis. The quality of my work has magically not gone down (in fact my grades are slightly better than last semester at the moment). I have been keeping up with my work too. In fact, I am more on top of my school work than I have been in years past.
But the senioritis has been dragging me down. So, to help myself get around this terrible disease, I have tried a new study method. Before with school work, I would stay up until I finished all my homework. I would go to bed at awkward times, and wake up crankier and groggier than I should have. If an essay was due soon, of course I would stay up all night to write it in one sitting. It is a pure fact that I write my best the night before at one in the morning. There is a really interesting Atlantic article about this. There have also been studies that show that the brain is more creative when it is sleep deprived, thus the creation of better essays.
In my quest for more sleep, I have found a beautiful solution to my problems. Instead of staying up until midnight or one in the morning to finish all of my homework, I go to bed early, like 9pm early, and wake up early. I take into consideration my sleep cycles and how much homework I still have to determine how early I have to get up. I found that waking up at 4am, giving me two extra hours of homework time, is the perfect time for me.
I have never felt more awake. Before I started this experiment, I would bring tea to school to keep me caffeinated and awake. Now when I do this study habit, I do not need to. I wake up with my sleep cycle so I am more attentive and awake. Then I find that the work I do turns the cogs in my brain and get me mentally prepared for the day.
I am not sure if this new haibit is good for me, or if it will continue to work, but I will continue to use it until it stops working. In fact, I have some english homework that I will be waking up at 4am tomorrow to finish.