Exam season: Why it’s important for students stay hydrated

Don’t we all know it; exam season is well and truly here. If you have children of that age, you’ll see them going through that period of stress and often tiredness from revising. All this hard work can often lead to increased fatigue and irregular eating and drinking habits.

During this time it is essential that students consider their mental wellbeing. Simple things such as making sure they are getting enough sleep and having someone to talk to about any concerns they may have.

Additionally something that is often overlooked is their physical wellbeing. As the brain is the engine, it is essential that it is fuelled by the right kind of food and drink. So the number one priority should be to ensure that students are well-hydrated and drinking lots of water.

According to a study in 2012, it found that students who took a bottle of water into the exam room scored an average of 5 per cent higher than those who did not bring water with them.

Here are some tips for staying hydrated:

• Use a reusable water bottle – hopefully it will remind them to refill it and keep it with them • If they don’t like the taste of water add a slice of lemon or lime • Remind them to drink often. If you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated

And lastly, wish them the best of luck!

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