Tips for the students to avoid feeling asleep in classes

Kevin. D 12 May, 2022
Tips for the students to avoid feeling asleep in classes

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. 

We have grown up listening to this. And yet, what about those who fall asleep during class?

Feeling guilty? 

Don’t worry. You are not the only one feeling sleepy while studying despite having a good sleep at night. We’ve all done that due to boring lectures, long shifts at work, late-night outings with friends, warm classrooms, or even a good meal right before your class can sign you off in no time. And there is no need to be ashamed as it is a natural phenomenon. But the nodding remains constant.
You’ll definitely face challenges in your studies and work if you relate to everything said above.

Here are some tips and tactics to keep yourself awake and energized throughout the day. 

Keep yourself engaged

If you are confused about something or have trouble understanding lectures, just lift your hand and begin asking queries to know what your professor is instructing. This way, you'll be locked in during the entire talk, and your synapses will work constantly. 

Block distracting websites and applications on your phone

If used extensively, your biggest enemy is your mobile phone. Most of the students use their phones day in and day out. As a result, they get so dependent that when they don't have their phones with them, they either nod off or can't focus on other work. 

There are many ways to block sites and applications, or you can keep a timer on them. The running timing will be restricted by putting a clock on the applications. After that time, you can't access the applications.

Get up and take a break

It’s not easy listening to one person sitting in the same place for too long, primarily when related to studies. In that case, you definitely will fall asleep, and that’s not happening to you only. As indicated by studies, an average attention span of an adult is 10-20 mins. Therefore, it’s always recommended to:
  • Take some time off
  • Go out of the room
  • Have a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated
The miraculous liquid helps by keeping your blood flowing continuously. It also helps center around the things you are doing.

Stick to your sleep schedule

One of the key factors of falling asleep in the classroom is going to bed late, which disturbs your night’s sleep. Setting a daily schedule of going to bed and waking up resets your body’s natural clock and can help you focus on the tasks throughout the day. Try to aim for 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night to become fully rested.

Participate in class

Actively participating in class and taking notes can help keep you from snoring during a lecture. That might be useful to you to develop interest and utilize your brain seriously during the course. 
Ask questions, give answers, and take notes of what the professor is teaching in the class. 
Even if you have an impression of being the student who might feel least interested in the studies, be the person raising your hands first and continuing a productive conversation with the teacher.

Eat well throughout the day

Healthy food can help you boost your energy and keep you alert. So, keep healthy snacks with you, and whenever you feel hungry, munch a bit – that will definitely assist you in keeping up with your studies.

Dress well for good vibes

You may feel like paying attention to the lectures if you dress up in formal attire instead of comfier outfits. It will keep you zeroed in on the lecture or your work tasks. 
Who knows, your professor might also notice your dedication to preparing for class this way!  :-)

A little cup of coffee makes a day

Having a cup or two of coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverages can be an effective push to your senses. But how will you know how much caffeine you need to be alert? 

Well, it varies from person to person as some people get a buzz in just a cup of tea - some don’t even get affected with three. 

Take a shower

If you’ve pulled an all-nighter and are worried about your class the next morning, just shower before heading out for the day. 

The secret behind this happens when you stand under hot water for some time. By the end, when you put some cold water, it opens up your capillaries, increasing your blood flow, too, which is good to start your day.

Sit straight during lectures

Sitting straight keeps you awake while you are working or you are studying. However, Slouching can cause your body to take in 30 % less oxygen than when you sit up straight.

Chew gum

Chewing a piece of gum or similar things like jelly activates specific regions of the brain, which makes you awake and your brain more active.

Take notes

If you cannot pay attention to the lectures or if they are boring to make you sleep, here’s a pro tip: take notes of the lesson being taught. 

Your notes can be in bullet forms or paragraphs as you like. It will help you focus on the lecture and understand things more efficiently since you will write them by yourself. Not to mention the ease of sitting in exams as your notes make it easier to understand things than anything else. 


At the end of the day, what matters is following a proper routine and not compromising your sleep. Having a good sleep for 6-8 hours is essential for the human body, and if you are sleeping more than that, you need to work on your sleep routine. Because let’s face it, it is unhealthier to sleep more than your body needs. Furthermore, doing so can often lead to laziness for the whole day, making you unproductive and inefficient.

So, try our fool-proof tips to become the best version of yourself in class and keep that head from dozing off!