Staying Awake In Class
Escalating academic requirements bring more pressure on students. Therefore, the majority of them frequently have to fight with such problems, as stresses, bodily or mental fatigue, depressions, anxiety, and so on. For many students, hard studies often result in considerable lack of rest and sleep, that’s why they also have to face a problem of staying awake in class during the lessons.
There are steps, which can be undertaken by a student during the process of improvement of his/her “being awake” condition in class. It is important to remember that all human reactions are specific and strictly individual, that is why everyone has to choose only those methods, which can be the most helpful and effective for reducing fatigue and sleepiness in class.
First of all, it is necessary to find out the most probable reason of extra-sleepiness during the lessons. If the reason is not satisfying sleep at night, a student needs to improve quality of night rest and/or reserve more time for sleeping at night. Scheduling time for going to bed, reducing the amount of evening meals, meditation, reading or having a bath before going to bed are the most practical ways for this.
If everything seems to be ok with night sleep, some other strategies can be used in class. If the lecture is interesting, the best way to stay awake is vivid participating in it, asking questions and making notes. If the lecture is boring, the best advice is to go in for passive physical activity. A student can slightly move his feet, fingers, head, etc. Even chewing a gum can work when trying to stay awake.
There are other little tactics for the strategy of staying awake during the lessons. Some students report that deliberate focusing or concentration on some detail of the surrounding (like teacher’s mimics, a class-mate’s earring and so on) can work as a sort of self-training. Also, it is absolutely possible to count on class-mates, who can help to remain self-conscious and not to sleep in class.
If it is allowed by school administration, having some light bite or drinking at the lesson can also reduce sleepiness. Some people feel sleepy after having caffeine, the others, on the contrary, feel extra active. That is why a student has to find out own individual reaction on caffeine, and if it has tendency to refresh his mind, a small bottle of Cola before the lessons will be good for remaining in tonus.
In order not to sleep during the lessons, some smart students even use a technique from traditional Chinese medicine, which is called acupressure. It means massaging or stimulation (with a finger or a thumb) of special points on the body, located on so called meridians. Such stimulation works very well and really helps to reduce sleepiness to a great extent and feel more alert during the lessons.
If the above strategies do not bring to expected results, it can be helpful to consult a doctor. In the hardest situations, when a student displays the signs of some sleeping disorders (for example, narcolepsy), it is necessary to inform the lecturer about this problem and ask for his permission, for example, to get up during the lesson and refresh your blood circulation doing some easy movements.
For many students it is really difficult to adjust their biological clock to the schedules of the schools. “Owls” are usually sleepy in the mornings. At the same time “larks” feel energetic and workable, but they go sleepy by the afternoon. Nevertheless, sleepiness is not a proper life-style, especially for those students who are concerned about their future and who want to achieve success and recognition.