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The exams are right around the corner which means many students are going to be resorting to caffeinated beverages to provide them with energy for revision. I must be an outlier because caffeine doesn't really affect me. I've had 10 teaspoons of coffee powder and a 4 pack of monster before, both of which did very little for me. For people who aren't affected by caffeine, what do you do to mimic its effects?
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(Original post by Nerdcubed)
Hi everyone,

The exams are right around the corner which means many students are going to be resorting to caffeinated beverages to provide them with energy for revision. I must be an outlier because caffeine doesn't really affect me. I've had 10 teaspoons of coffee powder and a 4 pack of monster before, both of which did very little for me. For people who aren't affected by caffeine, what do you do to mimic its effects?
You need to stop taking caffeine completely if you really are taking it in those quantities. You're taking a toxic amount of caffeine in a short time.

If you are relying on stimulants, you're doing life wrong. Quit coffee and learn to life.
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I don't regularly consume caffeine in those quantities (I don't really consume much caffeine at all); those examples I mentioned were purely experimental. Do you know anything specifically to improve my mental stimulation?
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Doing exercise before learning/revising is really good for the brain. Maybe take a 20 minute walk before you get into an hour of revision. It works pretty well for a lot of people.
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Second the suggestion of exercise, as it also helps energise.

Mint is really good pick-me-up, as is ensuring you're drinking enough water. Not soda, not energy drinks, but water everyday throughout the day.

Try to maximise your sleeping efficiency by limiting the amount of electronics you use up to an hour before your bedtime, and get enough sleep--whatever is right for you. Eat healthy by trying to have your 5-a-day before you reach for sugary or carb-filled snacks..
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I'd agree with water for sure! I read that your productivity drops massively if you're dehydrated and it makes you feel tired, so I set a reminder on my phone to drink a glass of water every two hours.

Also a quick burst of fresh air - nothing worse for feeling tired than sitting in a hot stuffy library for hours on end!

The Inbetweeners was enough to put me off energy drinks before exams
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