neimanmarxist wrote:I would strongly disagree with the idea of taking a sleep aid. Unless you do this often and are quite used to it, there is a good chance it will leave you feeling somewhat addled on test day even if you've had a decent amount of sleep.
Obviously, don't drink.
How well rested I was had a huge impact on my test scores. Here is what I would suggest:
1) get into a rhythm about 2 weeks before your test. Go to sleep at more or less the same time that you would on the night before the test, wake up at the same time too.
2) wake up at the same time that you will on test day every day in the 2 weeks leading up to the test.
3) On the Friday before the test, wake up a couple of hours early. This will ensure that you are nice and tired when it's time for bed. Don't go to bed ridiculously early, like at 9 p.m., because you'll end up waking up at 4 a.m. on test day. Go to bed at the normal time that will give you seven-eight hours of sleep.
4) The tip to stay distracted during the day before the test is a good one. I went to work in the morning, then went out to the movies in the evening. I completely forgot about the test.
5) eat the same breakfast you'll eat on test day every day. Not a sleep tip, but useful.
I think the real key is getting up somewhat early on the day before the test and being pretty tired during the whole day. you'll be so glad to crawl in bed and sleep like a baby, even though the LSAT is the next day!
(or at least I was. I had a friend that used this tactic for the USMLEs, and it worked for her too. She woke up at 3 a.m. the day before the test, which I think is overkill. I woke up at five - I normally wake up at seven- and it worked just fine. )
I think this is good advice. OP, remember that one night of bad sleep won't kill you. Stress is cumulative and you need to remember that. If you have slept well for a few days before Friday, then you should be fine because your energy reserves are still strong. Lying in bed also gives your body some rest too...at least it's much better than staying up and reading lsat material.