The morning advantage 10 am – 2 pm)
Peak brain function: Mornings herald a time when the brain is primed for learning.Alertness is high, contributing to improved memory retention and heightened concentration.
Natural light: Exposure to natural light not only boosts mood but also enhances focus. Consider studying in well-lit areas to capitalise on this natural advantage.
Fuel with nutrition: A nourishing breakfast fuels the body and mind, providing the energy needed for sustained focus and mental agility throughout the morning.
Add brain-boosting foods like berries, nuts, and whole grains into breakfast for an added cognitive edge.
Afternoon brilliance (4 pm – 10 pm)
Brain activation: Afternoons continue to offer fertile ground for learning as the brain remains active. Utilise this time for focused study sessions.
Post-school recovery: Following the school day, children benefit from a brief period of relaxation. Capitalise on this by allowing them to unwind before engaging in productive study activities.
Nourish with evening meals: Go for light, nutritious evening meals that provide essential nutrients without weighing down the digestive system. Balanced meals support sustained focus during evening study sessions.
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Include omega-3-rich foods like fatty fish or flaxseeds in dinner to promote brain health and cognitive function.
Avoiding early morning study (4 am – 7 am)
Battling sleep deprivation: Early mornings coincide with the body’s transition from sleep to wakefulness, making it a suboptimal time for intense study. Lack of adequate rest can impair cognitive function and hinder learning, as per Oxford Learning.
Respecting circadian rhythms: The body’s internal clock is not aligned with intensive study during these hours, making it essential to prioritise sleep and restorative rest.
Encourage a consistent sleep schedule, ensuring children get the recommended amount of sleep for their age group, to support optimal cognitive function and academic performance.