It’s the onset of the new semester. You’ve bought stationery, books, galore. This will be your year, the productive year! Here you are, in the second week of the new semester. With the newness worn off, the problems start to settle in. A lack of sleep and the wandering of your thoughts make your head spin. Furthermore, poor exercise, as well as poor eating habits all contribute to one, inevitable result: You’re, once again, a head bobber in class.

Sleeping in class is not an uncommon phenomenon. A survey conducted in the US by TheTab.com concluded that more than 50% of university students are all sufferers of the classroom shut-eye. I can, as a university student myself, testify that the data of that particular study is quite accurate. Many of my classmates (counting myself amongst them) have been caught catching a snooze in the lecture hall. So how do you prevent sleeping in class from happening? And, whenever you feel the urge, what can you do to stop the effects of Mr Sandman from kicking in?

avoid falling asleep in class

PRE-LECTURE

Well, for one, you can grab the bull by the horns and have a good look at your sleep hygiene. Never heard of sleep hygiene? In short, sleep hygiene is all about having a good bedtime routine. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time each day as well. Additionally, you need to avoid certain things like caffeine and screentime before you hit the sheets. If you’d like to read more about this topic, you can have a look at this article from one of our team members at The Mattress Warehouse for an in depth-look on sleep hygiene.

A crucial part of sleep hygiene, however, lays in where you spend your time sleeping in. The most important factor in an effective night’s rest lays in the bed you choose to sleep in. As a student, it is important to choose a quality, comfortable yet affordable bed to sleep in. This will prevent you from any possible sleep deprivation, since this factor must be avoided at all costs. But, good sleep hygiene isn’t the only thing that will keep you awake in class.

falling asleep in class? Rather go to bed early so that you are ready for the days lectures

MID-LECTURE

To further prevent any chance of shut-eye, it is important to keep yourself hooked and interested in the lecture. You can achieve this by being an active listener and taking part in the lecture by asking questions (you don’t have to be the irritating student asking questions about everything).
Another great way to keep the concentration levels up and the boredom at a low is by keeping your hands busy. Write down your notes attentively, but don’t overdo it! You still need to keep track of what your lecturer is saying whilst taking notes. Use an abbreviation system for speedy writing.
As a last resort, you can play on your own feelings by sitting right in front of the lecturer. Surely you won’t let yourself go through the embarrassment of falling asleep right in front of your lecturer?

To further prevent any chance of shut-eye, it is important to keep yourself hooked and interested in the lecture. You can achieve this by being an active listener and taking part in the lecture by asking questions (you don’t have to be the irritating student asking questions about everything).
Another great way to keep the concentration levels up and the boredom at a low is by keeping your hands busy. Write down your notes attentively, but don’t overdo it! You still need to keep track of what your lecturer is saying whilst taking notes. Use an abbreviation system for speedy writing.
As a last resort, you can play on your own feelings by sitting right in front of the lecturer. Surely you won’t let yourself go through the embarrassment of falling asleep right in front of your lecturer?

falling asleep after class? Eat healthier and exercise more!

POST-LECTURE / DURING THE DAY

So, you’ve survived not falling asleep by practising good sleep hygiene, listening attentively, taking notes as well as sitting right in front of your lecturer…but you still need that extra push to keep you 100% awake in class.
You can ensure this by drinking lots of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration causes a drop in blood pressure which results in less blood flow to the brain. In practice, this plays out in the brain working less effectively, and therefore harder to concentrate and focus in class. Undoubtedly, this causes brain fatigue that you can only solve by recharging you brain with a snooze-session.

If you are interested in staying awake in class, it might be a good idea to also have a look at lowering your carb intake. When you’re feeling tired after a meal your body is most likely in a state of hyperglycemia. This happens when a lot of glucose is released into the bloodstream. It is typically caused by eating a carbohydrate-rich meal.

In addition to hydration and diet, a big part of staying awake in class can be achieved by creating a healthy exercise habit. Exercising on a regular basis ensures that you keep your body in a fit and healthy state. Everyday exercise ensures a strong blood flow through your body, and especially, your brain. This keeps all cells oxygenated which will help you stay awake and alert for longer periods at a time.

So, even if the conditions entail a warm, humid room paired with the monotonous voice of your lecturer, you will be equipped to give your all in class whilst avoiding falling asleep by following the above tips.

So, for this new semester, have a look at our Strandmattress Dream Me – Single Bed to ensure optimum sleep hygiene. However, if you’re able to splurge a bit more, you can opt for the Kooi B-Series Firm – Single Bed. This bed will provide you with the essential comfort that a busy student needs.

Remember to practice good etiquette in the class by taking notes and listening attentively. Lastly, remember to have a look at your lifestyle and improving everyday habits to improve your energy levels. By doing all of this, you will definitely enjoy a happy, wide-eyed student life!

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