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Taking breaks from your study will improve focus

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 08, 2013
First Published: 23:52 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:38 IST(9/2/2013)

It is that time of the year when students invariably spend long hours with their heads buried in books, resulting in complains of eye fatigue and sleepiness. Bad lighting and poor posture only make the problem worse.  


Health experts share a few tips for children preparing for the examinations that could provide some relief and increase productivity.

Sleep right

A minimum of 6-7 hours of undisturbed sleep is very important for the proper functioning of the brain and the eyes. This will give you the much needed rest and will help improve focus and concentration.

Wash your eyes

One should not start studying or open books or laptop immediately after waking up. Wash your eyes with clean water, the first thing in the morning.

Correct posture

While studying it is important to maintain an accurate posture which includes maintaining a minimum distance of one foot between the eyes and the books. One should always study on the table. Studying on the bed or in a half sitting posture is the biggest mistake that most students make. Doing this will add strain on the body and eyes.

Proper lighting

The room should be properly lit. Table lamps are not advisable as they radiate glare which is harmful for eyes. During day time, it is advisable to study in day light. In the evenings one can study under the tube or yellow light.

“Every 20 minutes, take a break and focus on something at a distance of 20 feet. This helps your eye muscles to relax,” said Dr Ajay Sharma, founder, Eye Q super-specialty Eye Hospital. 

Blink frequently and periodically for a few minutes and take short breaks.

Take a break

Take a 15 minute break after every two hours at least. That break should be spent outside the room as you need to change the environment.

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