Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

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Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby gbn » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:30 pm

I had trouble sleeping before the December LSAT. I did a lot of cardio the day before and took a bath and milk before I slept but was still up in bed too anxious and unable to sleep. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've been hearing mixed things about taking sleeping pills, I'm wondering if there's any natural products that can help me. Although it seems that since it's more in my head, taking a few sleeping pills might actually be more effective but I really don't want to be groggy on test day. I've come to realize that doing well on the LSAT depends more on being rested than anything. You can only learn the concepts so much, and after taking so many prep tests you realize that you approach and interpret the test differently each time, depending on how clear-minded and focused you feel.
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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby No1ustad » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:32 pm

come to terms with the scores you've been getting on the practice tests, and realize you're as prepped as you're gonna be. one more RC section isn't gonna change your world :wink:

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby drsomebody » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:35 pm

"I'm wondering if there's any natural products that can help me"

Pour gin. Add vermouth. Mix.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby seasnake » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:37 pm

You could try a sleep aid in advance to see how your body reacts the next day.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby No1ustad » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:39 pm

stay up 2 before the night before your test, you'll sleep like a baby. :)

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Luis Gomez » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:41 pm

Do you consider anything distilled "natural", if you do then any Russian would recommend a double shot of Vodka.

This pirate recommends some good old Rum.
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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby MF248 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:41 pm

Getting good sleep in the days leading up to the test will be more important the just the night before.

Also do things like scoping out the testing center, driving to it, parking etc. so that you have nothing to worry about the night before. If you are taking a class see if they offer mock LSATs where they mimic all the details of taking the actual LSAT. Get used to getting up on Saturdays the weeks leading into the tests, even take an LSAT on those Saturdays if you want. Don't take a practice test/section in the 3-4 days before the test. Like the other poster said, just accept what level you're at & be ready to roll. If you want some kind of practice in the days before the test just review sections you've already done and see why you got questions right/wrong etc.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby MF248 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:43 pm

Oh, also if you get used to taking LSATs on saturdays in the weeks leading up it gives you a chance to see how you react to a sleeping pill the night before, how you react to 5 hour energies before the test etc. so that you have the right combo of everything on test day.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby SJU2010 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:29 pm

I agree with the posts in regards to testing a sleeping pill. I find that Tylenol PM does not leave me groggy the next day. Others do leave me in a "sleepy" state the entire day. Also, I plan on drinking a red bull or a double espresso before the test and during my break b/c I am not a morning person. Perhaps you should buy some a day before and keep it in your fridge for the morning just in case. BTW I read about a study that stated Milk does not help with falling asleep, caffeine free chamomile tea does.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby kp009 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:40 pm

I'm a fan of benadryl...but I agree with everyone else, if you are going to take anything try it out in advance.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby GoBroncos22! » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:55 pm

Easiest solution is to get a case of beer and down the whole thing. This will put you to sleep.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Lord Jim-ish » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:01 pm

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby chewdak » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:15 pm

melatonin
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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Luis Gomez » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:20 pm

Lord Jim-ish wrote:
No1ustad wrote:stay up 2 before the night before your test, you'll sleep like a baby. :)


TITCR.

I didn't go to sleep the Thursday night before the test. I was out by 8 pm the next day and felt refreshed as balls for the test.


I wouldn't risk it. I have heard it before, someone stays up one night intentionally Thursday night, they can't sleep on Friday and some sort of Zombie version of themselves scores 140.
At the most I would wake up early on Friday, but I wouldn't change my sleeping time.

You know yourself better though.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Woozy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:38 pm

I agree with those saying get plenty of rest in the week or so before. I was generally well rested but couldn't sleep too well the night before. I got maybe 4 hours of fitful sleep, but it was enough that it didn't adversely affect my performance given the sleep I had in the bank.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby itsfine » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:41 pm

wake up at 5 am on thursday and friday and exerrcise both of those days early in the morning, by friday night u should be able to fall asleep easily by midnight....btw i had the same problem and couldnt sleep before EITHER of my lsats...the worst part is that once u hit 3am...you start to panic and then you really arent going to fall asleep easily

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby UTexas » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:21 pm

Lord Jim-ish wrote:
No1ustad wrote:stay up 2 before the night before your test, you'll sleep like a baby. :)


TITCR.

I didn't go to sleep the Thursday night before the test. I was out by 8 pm the next day and felt refreshed as balls for the test.


Whatever you do, do not follow this advice. It's quite possible that you will still sleep poorly on Friday night. Though I tried to rest, I didn't sleep worth a damn on either Thursday or Friday. Somehow everything worked out fine for me, but I'm more accustomed to going without adequate sleep than most. I know of a couple of people who intentionally slept very little on Thursday night, couldn't fall asleep on Friday, and entered the test center totally ruined on Saturday morning.

Just rest well the week before the test. One bad night of sleep won't hurt you.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby justwhisper » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:10 pm

Nyquil usually does it for me

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Eruannon » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:18 pm

Chamomile tea works for me, its really mild though. Test it beforehand, as with any method.


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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:24 pm

Don't use alcohol---the sleep you get after drinking alcohol is not nearly as restorative as sober sleep.

Keep a steady schedule in the weeks prior. Starting over three weeks prior to the exam, I started moving my sleep schedule earlier and earlier and earlier, so that by test day I was only up really an hour earlier than I had been the rest of the week(couldn't really manage to get myself up THAT early on days where I didn't have class till noon...) prior to the exam. I didn't manage to fall asleep that easily the night prior(anxiety), but I was pretty well rested that morning anyway because I had significantly reduced my sleep debt at that point.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby Luis Gomez » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:30 am

Exercise and waking up early seem to be the best recommendations.

Get yourself a novel which describes setting with lots of detail but doesn't have a very interesting plight. Read it before you go to bed and don't turn the T.V. on. Watching television will awaken you, while reading takes a mental effort and therefore induces sleep.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby cdnguy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:49 am

made sure i woke up early the day before, and watched planet earth at 9:30 to put me right out.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby lemonpie » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:00 am

I stayed away from coffee and tried not to get stressed about going to bed early.
If I worry about not getting enough sleep, it makes it harder to fall asleep.

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby coyote » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:31 am

Luis Gomez wrote:Exercise and waking up early seem to be the best recommendations.

Get yourself a novel which describes setting with lots of detail but doesn't have a very interesting plight. Read it before you go to bed and don't turn the T.V. on. Watching television will awaken you, while reading takes a mental effort and therefore induces sleep.

+1

I suggest Moby Dick. :lol:

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Re: Solutions to Sleeping Before Test Day?

Postby cubswin » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:33 am

ntzsch wrote:sleep as late and as much as you can in the days leading up to the test. you will be able to perform up to your potential on 3-5 hours of sleep. you will not, however, be able to perform up to your potential on 3-5 hours of sleep if you have been waking up at the crack of dawn for a week to "get acclimated"

.02$ for ya! :wink:


This worked for me as well.




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