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Health expert tips on surviving Finals Week


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Finals Week can mean a lot of lost sleep and hectic study days for college students, but they should also be careful to mind their health. Physicians assistant Jennifer Opdyke, with Bronson Internal Medicine in Kalamazoo, says all those hours studying won't help much if your body is exhausted.

As for energy drinks to stay awake -- she says they should probably be avoided. Updyke advises sticking to coffee, soda, or tea for caffeine. Also, try to keep your intake moderate.

Opdyke says it's still important to get at least six hours of sleep per night, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and get some kind of exercise, even if it's just a half hour walk. That way, the body can be kept well running, and the information covered during study sessions is more likely to be retained.