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Finals Week. What to do for optimal short term brain function

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2012 at 3:48 AM

What suggestions do you guys have for optimal short term brain function.

Im trying to put in a 50 hour weekend. Thursday-Monday

To exercise or not to exercise?

Any suggestions other than just keepin it clean paleo?

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on December 04, 2012
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Nice man. Shouldve stocked up on the bone broth when i had more time. Definitely not making any this week

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I think a lot of the answers here will be helpful: http://paleohacks.com/questions/143907/best-brain-food-before-a-long-exam/143937#143937

As far as exercise, I think it depends on how it makes you feel. If you're someone who gets energized and clear headed from exercise, do it. If it exhausts you and takes awhile to recover, don't. Personally I'd probably stick to low intensity stuff like walking and yoga, as my n=1 those are things that are restorative, YMMV.

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:32 AM

In the same boat here. I find the most important factor in optimal brain function is not stressing too much and getting burned out. As far as food for this, I've found downing lots of rich bone broth, salt, and green tea really keeps me from pulling out my hair.

32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

(547)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Nice man. Shouldve stocked up on the bone broth when i had more time. Definitely not making any this week

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7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

on December 05, 2012
at 01:54 AM

my general strategy:

  • drink coffee
  • exercise
  • don't eat big meals
  • more meat and less carbs (better sleep at night, a more level/constant energy during the da)
  • sleep 7+
  • don't eat 3 hours before exam
  • be nice to ppl, your mood will be better :)

this is what works for me

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I really benefit from a short morning workout when I need to focus all day. A quick 3-5 mile morning run refreshes me and makes me so much more focused for the rest of the day. Running is also great since you do not have to take the time to drive to the gym or anything... just pop out your front door and 30 minutes later you are home and done.

I would just keep up your normal schedule and take plenty of study breaks. Showers help wake me up when I start getting tired around 9pm but need to crank out a few more hours. Coffee is also wonderful :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:25 AM

  1. Sleep at least 7 hours a night in a completely dark room.

  2. Take 5 minute breaks every 25-30 minutes. Could be a quick walk to get a drink of water, or a short meditation session to get your mind off of studying.

  3. I'd recommend sticking with your regular eating schedule. Don't try to switch anything up now, as all your "brain-power", so to say, should be focused on the task at hand (studying for finals).

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:11 AM

  1. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated

  2. Yoga, walk, or light jog, nothing to stressful

  3. Take breaks.

Good luck to you man! I feel yea been on the grind since thurs

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