11 Tips for Weary Heads on How to not Fall Asleep in Class

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I’ve fallen asleep in class before, and I know it’s a horrible situation. Here Are 11 Ways To Stay Awake in Class

I’m pretty positive that everyone has slept off in class at some point in their lives.

It’s 6:55 a.m., and I’m standing in the kitchen near the coffee maker. My inner tenth-grader walks in. The first thing she says to me is, “I hate morning classes.” I’m drained, as well as my pathological tiredness has made things harder. But, for a university student I go to bed extremely late, I’ve more than 20 submissions due and my light turns out at 4 in the morning.

Every night I lay in bed flinging my pillow around in irritation around 3 in the morning, trying to remain optimistic that I’ll be able to get a few hours of sleep before I have to get up. We’ve all been there. 

So I’m guessing students my age are prone to dozing off in class.

We’ve all been in that situation. You’re sitting in class when you feel a wave of tiredness wash over you. Your eyes begin to droop, and although you’ll need these notes tomorrow, you can’t manage to keep your eyes fixed on the board.

Suddenly. your eyes reopen! The professor has gently tapped you on the shoulder and is standing directly in front of your desk. Friends are laughing, and everyone in the room is staring at you. It’s humiliating… However, after five minutes, your eyes begin to close again, and you’re back to battling to simply stay awake.

Unfortunately, sleeping in class is all too prevalent. Here’s how to avoid falling asleep in class so you can avoid these unpleasant experiences.

#1 Take A Seat In The First Row

Sitting at the front gives you the impression that the teacher is staring straight at you, even if they aren’t. You have everyone’s attention. This position not only allows you easier access to the board or projector, making it simpler to view the notes, but it also makes you feel forced to pay attention. You’ll be afraid of falling asleep since everyone will see you!

#2 Shower First Thing In The Morning

Taking a shower as soon as you wake up will help you feel more energized. You may feel awake for a time thereafter.

#3 Exercise Regulary

A workout plan might provide you with energy over time. Exercising might help you fight being fatigued more quickly.

#4 Bring A Bottle of Water To Class

Drink some water if you feel fatigued or start to zone out. Coldwater keeps you hydrated and focused. Your body doesn’t work as well as it might if you don’t drink enough water.

#5 Get Up And Move About

While walking about, running in place, performing jumping jacks, or any other movement that gets your blood flowing might boost your energy and attention levels, it is not easy or suitable to do so in the middle of a lecture.

If there is a break in the middle of a long lecture, take advantage of it to get out of your seat and move your body. Ask to use the restroom if there isn’t a formal break, and get some activity on the way there and back.

You may also try shoulder rolls, sitting twists, and other chair stretches.

#6 Take a deep breath and relax.

If you’ve ever seen a new mom wheeling a stroller down the street with a baby in it, they could be doing more than just getting out of the house. Being outside in the fresh air is energizing.

If you’re locked in a classroom or other enclosed space, taking a few deep breaths can assist your system get a bit more oxygen. That might be just what you need to stay awake and focused.

#7 Chew Gum

According to studies, chewing keeps your mind attentive. Gum chewing might help you stay awake. Why? Because it stimulates the brain’s specialized areas. Grab a stick of gum the next time you feel like falling asleep in class.

#8 Make Notes

Whether or not you are an excellent notetaker, the act of writing itself might help you remain awake. There is less of a risk of falling asleep if your hand is always moving. Just make sure you don’t get too wrapped up in your notes that you fail to pay attention to what’s being said. This method is beneficial to visual learners (people who learn best when they see what is being taught).

#9 Draw

Drawing stimulates your creativity while also keeping you alert. Open up your composition book and doodle like it’s your life on the line… I mean, it kind of does (have you ever heard of boredom death?).

You’ll have created a comprehensive depiction of a pirate catfighting Godzilla with a pogo stick by the conclusion of the class. It looks like a fish and a bad-looking chair, according to your pal gazing over your shoulder. He simply lacks an understanding of fine art.

If you’re at a loss for where to start, pick up one of the popular adult coloring books and practice coloring within the lines… That is a talent that will come in handy in the real world.

#10 Ask Questions Until You are out of them

Are you still struggling to remain awake? Raise your hand the next time you’re lost in microbiology and join the conversation. “Asking hella questions keeps you engaged, awake, and helps you absorb the lecture,” said Naomi Espley, a sophomore at Walla Walla University.

You are free to ask the lecturer whatever you wish. “Where do babies come from?” is a crowd favorite. and “How do you feel about the Big Bang Theory, the Television show rather than the theory?”

#11 Coffee Forever Coffee For Always 

College is the best time to become hooked on coffee. Have you only recently awoken? Coffee is a must. Have you recently completed a class? Coffee is a must. Do you need to stall? ” Make a pot of coffee the night before and keep it next to your bed. Set your alarm clock for 20 minutes before you need to wake up.

“Chugg the coffee before hitting the snooze button for the first time,” advised Meghan Cassidy, a UF sophomore and genius. “If sitting and drinking don’t help you wake up sooner, you’ll be awake in 20 minutes.” There’s no better way to kick your coffee habit than to rely on it to get up and remain awake every morning.


Focus on both mental and physical stimulation to stay awake in class. After all, this is the university, and you’re paying a lot of money to learn in a classroom. Stay as alert as possible, even if it means engaging your hyperactive imagination or merely chewing on a pencil.

You can stay awake in class if you can stay awake long enough to read articles. Here is a helpful guide on how to study at night without sleeping.