As a result, students end up sleeping in class, no matter how hard they fight to stay awake. This is obviously a bad thing since you are missing out on lecture and it gives the professor a bad impression of you.
So how do you stay awake? There are a couple things that can help you to stay awake. I will be sharing my personal strategies for staying awake.
Please note that the results may vary from person to person and some strategies are more effective than others.
Things to avoid:
- Being near the air conditioner. The cool breeze may be so relaxing that you just drift off into lullaby land.
- Coffee. It gets costly and addicting. Make it a challenge to stay awake without coffee! If you really need coffee, fine. But try the items on my list first.
- Lack of sleep.
- Other things that can induce sleep in you.
- Stabbing yourself with a pencil. I tried it. It only worked for a few seconds.
- Wetting your face with cold water before class.
- Having your classmate beside you wake you up whenever you nod off. This sort of works but from experience, it doesn't help if your classmate falls asleep too!.
- Think about something to get your heart rate up. This isn't for everyone. However, I have discovered that you will stay awake if your heart beats faster.
- Exercise. Whether it's before class or the day before, exercising often gives you the energy to stay awake
- Drink during class.
- Eat during class. Bring candy or some other quiet snack. Eating will help you stay awake.
- Plenty of rest the night before. I know this may be hard but this is the best solution for staying awake. Plus, getting plenty of rest helps you retain the things you learned.
As you may have noticed, I didn't include anything about coffee because I don't drink coffee and I don't need that to stay awake. From my experiences, the most effective methods of staying awake are eating during class and getting plenty of sleep.
Hopefully these tips help you to stay awake during class!