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Day or Night – Which is the Right Time to Study?

If someone likes studying in a quiet environment, nighttime is the best as people around are less active and intense during these hours.

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If your child is comfortable using a combination of study techniques, give them the support they need in figuring out how to go about with their engineering preparation.
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When it comes to preparing for a tough competitive examination like IIT-JEE, which is the right time to study is an interesting question to ask. However, can the time of the day that one chooses to study really make a difference? Well, that depends if someone is a morning person or a night owl. Interestingly, each time of the day has its own loyal advocates who can list down endless benefits of their preferred time to convince others.

To be honest, each student is different, and this endless debate has no concrete and clear winner. Some students get more out of studying in the morning while others find night as the best time to study. So, what is the result? Which time should one prefer?

Here are a few benefits of both night and daytime studying that will help students choose the right time based on their preference for a fruitful engineering preparation.
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Here are a few benefits of both night and daytime studying that will help students choose the right time based on their preference for a fruitful engineering preparation.

Benefits of Studying During the Day

For students, who are pumped up with energy during the day, choosing the sunlight hours will work the best for them. The energy helps in focusing better and absorbing the information more effectively. The benefits of studying during the day include:

  • After a refreshing and good night’s sleep, brain’s concentration power increases. In addition, the body is likely to have more energy to pull out a longer study session.
  • With our society structured in a way that everything is active during the day, bookshops and libraries become easily accessible.
  • Natural light keeps the brain in alert mode. Furthermore, natural light is better for the eyes as opposed to artificial light that hurts and affects the natural sleep rhythm.
  • Contacting friends or teachers during the daytime is easier to solve any doubts that one may have.

Benefits of Studying During the Night

For students, who are more energetic in the later part of the day, choosing evening or nighttime will prove to be an effectivetime to study. The peaceful environment and fewer distractions during the night significantly contribute to effective learning. The benefits of studying during the night include:

  • If someone likes studying in a quiet environment, nighttime is the best as people around are less active and intense during these hours.
  • Libraries are usually vacant during the evening, it becomes easier to concentrate in a space that is rather
  • The brain functions differently at night and opens avenues for creative thinking.
  • During wee hours social networks are less active as most people are asleep; thus, resulting in fewer distractions.
  • Last but not the least, sleeping after studying can improve recall and consolidate information.
So, if your child is preparing for IIT-JEE or NEET from any of the reputed centres like Aakash Institute, as a parent, it's your responsibility to help your child find the right study time
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Though there are many benefits associated with nighttime learning, one disadvantage it carries is that one may lose track of time and end up pulling an all-nighter. Less sleep is body’s greatest enemy and can end up breaking those Circadian rhythms that govern the body’s sleeping pattern.

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When is the Best Time to Study?

It all depends on the lifestyle. The critical thing to keep here in mind is to give the body the right amount of sleep. So, whether someone is a morning person or a night-owl, keeping a tab on sleep hours will keep the mind fresh, active and open to new information.

Final Words!

So, if your child is preparing for IIT-JEE or NEET from any of the reputed centres like Aakash Institute, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to help your child find the right study time. If your child is comfortable using a combination of study techniques, give them the support they need in figuring out how to go about with their engineering preparation.

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Scientists Discover A New Method To Fight Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Worldwide, about seven percent of people over 65 suffer from Alzheimer's or some form of dementia, a percentage that rises to 40 percent above the age of 85.

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One hemisphere of a healthy brain (L) is pictured next to one hemisphere of a brain of a person suffering from Alzheimer disease. VOA
Eliminating dead-but-toxic cells occurring naturally in the brains of mice designed to mimic Alzheimer’s slowed neuron damage and memory loss associated with the disease, according to a study published Wednesday that could open a new front in the fight against dementia.The accumulation in the body of “zombie cells” that can no longer divide but still cause harm to other healthy cells, a process called senescence, is common to all mammals.

Scientists have long known that these dead-beat cells gather in regions of the brain linked to old age diseases ranging from osteoarthritis and atherosclerosis to Parkinson’s and dementia.

Prior research had also shown that the elimination of senescent cells in ageing mice extended their healthy lifespan.

But the new results, published in Nature, are the first to demonstrate a cause-and-effect link with a specific disease, Alzheimer’s, the scientists said.

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A lady suffering from Alzheimer’s. Flickr

But any treatments that might emerge from the research are many years down the road, they cautioned.

In experiments, a team led by Tyler Bussian of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota used mice genetically modified to produce the destructive, cobweb-like tangles of tau protein that form in the neurons of Alzheimer’s patients.

The mice were also programmed to allow for the elimination of “zombie” cells in the same region.

“When senescent cells were removed, we found that the diseased animals retained the ability to form memories, and eliminated signs of inflammation,” said senior author Darren Baker, also from the Mayo Clinic.

The mice likewise failed to develop Alzheimer’s signature protein “tangles”, and retained normal brain mass.

 

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Alzheimer’s disease patient Isidora Tomaz, 82, sits in an armchair in her house in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s predicted that by 2050, 135 million Americans are going to suffer from mild cognitive impairment, a precursor of Alzheimer’s. VOA

Keeping zombies at bay

A closer look revealed that the “zombies” belonged to a class of cells in the brain and spinal cord, called glia, that provide crucial support and insulation to neurons.

“Preventing the build-up of senescent glia can block the cognitive decline and neuro-degeneration normally experienced by these mice,” Jay Penney and Li-Huei Tsai, both from MIT, wrote in a comment, also in Nature.

Bussian and his team duplicated the results with pharmaceuticals, suggesting that drugs could one day slow or block the emergence of Alzheimer’s by keeping these zombie cells at bay.

“There hasn’t been a new dementia drug in 15 years, so it’s exciting to see the results of this promising study in mice,” said James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society in London.

 

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The accumulation in the body of “zombie cells” that can no longer divide but still cause harm to other healthy cells, a process called senescence, is common to all mammals. IANS

For Lawrence Rajendran, deputy director of the Dementia Research Institute at King’s College London, the findings “open up new vistas for both diagnosis and therapy for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.”

Up to now, dementia research has been mostly focused on the diseased neurons rather than their neighboring cells.

“It is increasingly becoming clear that other brains cells play a defining role,” Rajendran added.

Several barriers remain before the breakthrough can be translated into a “safe, effective treatment in people,” Pickett and other said.

The elderly often have lots of harmless brain cells that look like the dangerous senescent cells a drug would target, so the molecule would have to be good at telling the two apart.

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Worldwide, about seven percent of people over 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia, a percentage that rises to 40 percent above the age of 85.

The number afflicted is expected to triple by 2050 to 152 million, according to the World Health Organization, posing a huge challenge to healthcare systems. (VOA)