Ruilin
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Is it good time to study language when you have insomnia?
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Apr 25, 2020 4:55 PM
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I get up if I can't sleep. If I'm wide away I use Anki to do vocabulary. If I start to feel sleepy and see my concentration is lagging I'll quit. But vocabulary right before sleeping is a good way to get it into the memory.
One thing I've learned to sometimes combat insomnia is that not breathing through your nose can be a cause of insomnia or at least make it worse. I sometimes tape my mouth before sleeping and often this is the only time I will sleep well. Sounds goofy but it works.
April 25, 2020
Oh! That's an interesting question!

While I don't have insomnia, I've noticed feeling less enthusiastic about language learning when I'm tired.

I do still stick to my schedule, but it's just not the same, I do much less research and I just want to be done so I can go to sleep.
April 25, 2020
Hi Ruilin. Well, I would say that if your goal is to fall asleep, then doing an activity that takes concentration like studying another language is not ideal, because it is stimulating. If you are happy to stay up late and "get in the hours" then it may be as good as any a time to study.

If your goal is to fall asleep, reading something in your own language that you are comfortable and familiar with may be a better option as it might make you feel more sleepy. I think it is different for each person and each person knows what is more likely to wake himself/herself up and what will put himself/herself to sleep. There are of course other techniques that can be used to encourage sleep...


April 25, 2020
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Ruilin
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Other), English, Thai
Learning Language
Chinese (Other), English, Thai