A lot of people like to snack on something salty or sweet when they are staying up late to study for a test, or just as part of a late night routine. However, it may not always be best to indulge in those tantalizing snacks. Not only can they mess up your normal sleep habits, but they might not be helping you stay focused, and mentally sharp.
Instead try to focus on foods that can feed your body, and your mind. Cutting back on sodium, and sugar is a good idea in general. They can pull the blood away from the brain, because it is needed to aid in digesting those tricky foods. Most professionals agree that berries, fish, and nuts/seeds are great go-to snacks for boosting your brain power. These are wonderfully quick, and portable foods that can easily sit within arm’s reach on your work desk.
Another rule to healthy eating: Portion Control. Make sure you only eat what your body actually requires. Practice something called “mindful eating” and really listen to your stomach, and what amount of food will satisfy your level of hunger. Pour out however much this is, and eat only that. I can’t count the number of times I place a bag of chips, or candies at hand and mindlessly snack only to look up at the end of my study session to find an empty bag looking back at me. Then I feel groggy, bloated, and tired, who can study like that?
Keep in mind these two tips for your study munchies and you’ll keep your belly happy, and your brain alert.
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