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7 Ways Dehydration is Making You Dumb!

If you are anything like me when you start to feel thirsty or have a mild headache you grab some water, however, at this stage, you are already dehydrated. Strangely in the early stages, you may feel hungry rather than thirsty. Grab some water before getting some food, 75-80% of the time it will be water you require rather than solid food.

So if you are learning a new skill and want to improve your focus and attention grab some water before a study session and not 3 hours later.

Here are 7 ways dehydration is making you dumb, unfocused and shortening your attention span…

1 Bad Headaches 

If you don’t have enough water in the body your brain tissue shrinks and starts to pull away from the skull! This is what eventually leads to a headache. Also, the flow of oxygen to the brain is lowered as dehydration causes lower blood volume. This makes it difficult to concentrate and process new information.

2 Faster Heartbeat 

When you are dehydrated the heartbeat has to work on overtime to pump out blood around the body if there is less fluid in the body the heart will not completely fill and will need to beat faster as a consequence. Sometimes this can be mistaken for anxiety. This will make trying to study difficult!

3 Easily Annoyed!

Even very mild dehydration can impact your mood and ability to think clearly! Neurons in your brain signal the mood-regulating part of your brain!

4 Feeling Sleepy

Lack of energy feeling sluggish and unmotivated? These can all be signs of dehydration. How can you focus and pay attention when you are running on such little energy!

5 Stinky Breath!

Do you know the saying “Go lick a wound” well actually there is some truth to that as saliva contains anti-bacterial properties! However, if you are dehydrated your saliva may not be able to function properly this can lead to a bacteria build up in your mouth, causing … stinky breath, gross.  How will this impact on your studies? Say goodbye to any study buddies – unless they are online!

6 Chronic Dehydration Impacts on Kidney Function

Your body will be unable to get rid of all the toxins in your body and this can result in problems with your kidneys, such as infections or overtime even damage occurring! When lacking water you body redirects blood to the most important organs such as your heart, lungs, and brain! Therefore neglecting other organs, that are also pretty valuable to our general well-being.

7 Breathing Difficulties 

You can lose some of the liquid in your body just by breathing! When dehydrated airways will restrict in order to preserve the water your body has left. So you may feel a bit short of breath and this can impact on underlying conditions such as asthma. This will also have an impact on focus and attention as your brain is not getting enough oxygen to work correctly.

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5 Tips to Boost Your Mood During Long Study Sessions

We’ve all heard it, too much of anything is a bad thing. This is especially the case for extended periods of studying. While you need to study to retain and learn information, too much can leave your mind feeling exhausted and out of original ideas and thought. These productivity crashes, where a person simply runs out of steam can mean even more wasted time than if you had just procrastinated studying. However, there are things you can do to not only prevent this crash but even out the ups and downs as well. Use these ideas next time you need to study or right before the big exam.

Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep is essential for productivity, requiring at least a solid eight hours of sleep a day, depending on the person. Overall, if you’re feeling tired, you’re most likely sleep deprived to some extent. Students are notorious for lacking sleep and putting off bedtime hours. Sleep has numerous benefits for one’s productivity, including faster recovery times and making you less prone to distractions. If you can, make an alarm to remind yourself to put down the textbooks and get to bed.

Essential Oils

For some people, using oils and scents can actually boost moods and help with focus. Six of the most effective scents to boost productivity include lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint. Smell is one of the strongest senses, which means these can have a significant effect on your subconscious mind. Having essential oils handy is now pretty easy since they come in many forms, such as sprays, roll-on sticks, and tinctures.

Cut Out Web Surfing

According to one survey, around 30 to 40 percent of workplace productivity is lost to “cyberslacking”, or web surfing. Aside from that fact alone, web surfing has been found to be very addictive, easily wasting hours of time. It also has been found to have profound effects on how the brain works. Luckily, there are many apps you can use to combat this addiction. You can block yourself from browsers while you type. Time wasted on web surfing could easily be spent on more productive online activities, such as online jobs or schooling courses.

Exercise More

Exercise greatly improves a person’s well-being, both physically and mentally. Just a simple 10 or 15-minute walk could make a drastic difference. With exercise, the heart pumps more efficiently, allowing plenty of fresh blood and oxygen to reach the brain. This in turn drastically improves one’s brain function and well-being. You can also use tactile and kinesthetic study methods to help memorize certain facts. It keeps you active and uses muscle memory to help cement your learning.

There are so many ways to improve mood and productivity. Just following these five hacks will have you feeling refreshed after long study sessions. Hopefully, the end of semester burn-out comes a little slower this year.

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