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Day vs. Night Studying: What Are the Benefits?

Is there a best time of day to study?

When you’re learning a language (or anything, really), this question might come to mind. You want to be alert, efficient, and productive. You want to be able to remember what you’ve studied.

When is the optimal time to ensure that happens: day or night?

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can relax: There are benefits to both. Check out some of the advantages below!

4 Benefits of Daytime Learning

If you’re naturally a morning person or just someone who prefers learning during the day, these benefits are for you! 

1. Energy

For many of us, the best time to do anything is after a good night’s sleep, when our energy is restored and our brain is refreshed. You’ll probably find that this is an optimal time to focus on tasks and absorb information. 

2. Natural light

For eye health, warm light sources are best—and that includes natural light. On top of eye health, it’s shown that natural light may improve your productivity and alertness. Let that daylight shine in!

3. Undisturbed sleep

By studying in the daytime, you’re sticking to your body’s natural cycle (being awake in the day and going to sleep at night). While studying at night has some advantages—we’ll discuss those in a minute—it can also disrupt your sleep schedule. When that happens, you’ll need time to recover and readjust.

4. Study partner

In the daytime, you’re not the only one awake—most everyone else is, too. This is an advantage because you can pair up with another person and study together. At night, this isn’t possible if your study buddy is sleeping.

4 Advantages of Night Studying

If you’re someone who prefers being awake when it’s dark outside, check out these advantages!

1. Quiet

If you need peace and quiet to study, what better time to do so than at night? With everyone around you asleep, you’ll have all the silence you need to get that reviewing done!

2. No interruptions

Not only is it quieter when everyone else is sleeping, but there are fewer distractions: no appointments, no meetings, no shopping trips. With fewer things dividing your attention, you’ll definitely be more productive!

3. Creativity

Did you know that you might actually be able to think more creatively during non-optimal hours? By non-optimal, we mean the times of day when you’re not at your most energetic and alert. In other words, studying at night when you’re a little more tired could boost your creativity!

4. Memory

Research shows that sleeping in between two study sessions can help you learn more efficiently and remember more of what you studied. To get the most out of your efforts, try studying right before bed, getting a full night’s sleep, then reviewing the next day. 

Conclusion 

There are advantages to studying no matter when you choose to do it. The important thing is to study regularly and not to give up!

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.