Improving Sleep to Help You Prepare For the Patent Bar Exam

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Patent law is a branch of intellectual property rights law where new inventions, ideas, designs, devices and contraptions are registered. Getting something patented gives the inventors and creators exclusive rights to their property in terms of selling, purchasing, copyrights, distribution etc…

As interesting and entertaining as the profession may sound, sitting for the patent bar exam can be extremely difficult and challenging. Fortunately, certain tips and tricks can help you prepare better and more comprehensively for the exam. One such tip is improving your sleep so you can get through preparing for the exam.

Preparing for the exam can turn you into a night owl and make you burn the midnight oil. However, it is not a wise decision to stay awake and study throughout the night. Having a good sleep pattern and sufficient rest is crucial for a thorough and productive study session.

Here are some measures you can take to improve your sleeping patterns:

Avoid Excessive Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine is scientifically proven to chase away sleep. Despite its many benefits such as enhancing concentration, fighting off fatigue, and having energizing effects, it does stimulate our nervous system. Because of this stimulation, we are not able to sleep. That is exactly why it’s advised to avoid coffee and caffeine containing products such as tea, chocolate, cola etc, after 4 p.m. in order to avoid sleeping problems.

Avoid Long and Irregular Naps During the Day

While many find quick, short power naps really helpful in getting them through the day, these naps can actually disrupt our natural sleeping pattern. In order to sleep well, you should try to either avoid taking long naps or not nap at all. This is because sleeping during the day disturbs our circadian rhythm making it difficult for us to sleep at night. By avoiding naps during the day, you’ll be exhausted enough at night to be able to sleep properly and wake up fresh and energetic.

Decrease Blue Light Exposure in the Evenings

Excessive blue light exposure at night can negatively affect our circadian rhythm thus confusing our brain into functioning as if it’s still day time. This malfunctioning reduces the production of the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin, making it harder for us to fall asleep.

Reducing blue light exposure helps regulate melatonin secretions and allows us to sleep more peacefully and on time. Blue light exposure can be decreased by reducing the use of electronic devices that radiate large amounts of blue light.

Set a Sleep Schedule

Try to sleep more consistently and develop a sleeping schedule. Try going to bed and waking up at a set time everyday for a week and you will notice how your internal clock will soon start getting used to it.

These are some of the steps that you can take to improve your sleeping patterns and prepare better for the patent bar exam.

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