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There’s no need to be ashamed about dozing off in class. It is actually a natural phenomenon.

In this article, you'll discover 11 surprising strategies to feel energized and awake while in class.

Surprising Tips on How to Stay Awake in Class

If you're having trouble with feeling like you'll fall asleep, then here are 11 surprising tips on how to stay awake in class.

1. Get up and move

Sitting still for too long can make you feel tired. Try to move your body to feel more alert and think more clearly. If possible, take activity breaks for at least 10 minutes every few hours. You can also try stretching out your arms, torso, knees, and legs. (flo.health)

2. Breath some fresh air

If you’ve ever seen a new parent pushing a stroller on the sidewalk with an infant aboard, they may be doing more than simply getting out of the house for a few minutes. Being out in fresh air is invigorating.

And if you’re stuck in a classroom or other indoor setting, taking a few deep breaths can help deliver a little more oxygen to your system. That might be just what you need to stay awake and attentive.

3. A little caffeine

Downing a cup or two of coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverage can be a simple but effective jolt to your senses. But how much caffeine do you need to be alert? Well, it varies from person to person, in part, based on your sensitivity to this precious ingredient.

Mayo Clinic reports that about 400 milligrams of caffeine per day — about what you’d find in four cups of coffee — is usually plenty to keep a person awake and attentive. Coffee can sometimes lead to higher spikes in energy and lower dips when the caffeine wears off, so caffeinated tea may have a somewhat milder, more consistent effect than coffee.

Coffee or teas without a lot of added sugar are also healthier choices than sweetened, high-caffeine energy drinks. A 16-ounce energy drink packs a lot of calories and more than twice caffeine as a standard cup of coffee.

4. Drink plenty of water

Carry around a bottle of water with you. Staying hydrated is not only helpful with fighting off lethargy, but it can also be helpful to have a little something to do. If you’re sitting in class having a couple refreshing sips of cold water can help give you a little life throughout your lecture.

Also helpful, adding refreshing flavors naturally. A popular refreshing combination that we love is spearmint and cucumber. You can either infuse your water overnight or use a water bottle to keep your water flavored as you go. (oursleepguide.com)

5. Participate

Being actively engaged, whether it’s taking notes or participating in a classroom discussion, can help keep you from snoozing during a lecture.

You may just need to occupy your mind more during class, so take good notes. They can be questions or comments on the lecture if there aren’t facts to jot down.

If the class allows for questions and discussions, be the student who raises a hand and keeps the conversation going.

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6. Sleep the night before your class.

Students who doze in class often missed sleep the night before. Getting enough sleep is your first line of defense when it comes to staying away in class. Make sure to get some shut-eye if you have a class the next day. For most people, eight hours of sleep is sufficient to get through the day, but your body may require more.

Maintaining a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time each night will train your body to know when it needs to be asleep and when it is time to wake up. Allow yourself time to relax before heading to bed by putting away your phone, homework, and other things that keep your mind active. Getting enough high quality sleep can alleviate daytime fatigue. - Noted by developgoodhabits.com.

7. Get some morning light

Exposure to light, especially in the morning, is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to wake up your mind and body for the day ahead.

Taking a brisk walk in the morning can energize you for hours. If that’s not possible, open up your blinds as soon as you wake up to let the morning sunlight into your home.

Exposure to morning light helps you wake up faster, and perhaps more importantly, it sets your internal clock to be awake during the day and sleepy at night.

8. Have a gum

Studies show that keeping your mouth busy keeps your mind alert. Chewing gum can be a great way to reduce sleepiness. Why? Because it activates specific regions of the brain. So the next time you feel like falling asleep in class, grab a stick of gum. - According to flo.health.

9. Sit in the front row, or at least in the middle!

The closer you are to the professor, the less likely you are to fall asleep due to volume. Not to mention the fear of getting caught dozing off will keep you wide awake! (popsugar.com.au)

10. Bring eyedrops.

It's hard to stay wide-eyed and awake when your eyes are dry and irritated from lack of sleep. When they're feeling dry, splash a couple drops in them. You'll feel more refreshed and your eyes will be grateful. (popsugar.com.au)

11. Pressure points

Two of the best, and conveniently subtle, pressure points to keep you up are your earlobes and wrists. For your ear, while it may look like you’re just learning your cheek on your wrist, rub the area right above your lobe (or where a traditional ear piercing would be) between your thumb and index finger. Not only is it a fine motor movement to keep you active, but also invites blood to rush up towards your ear, and therefore, to your head.

Or putting the inside of your wrists against something cold: the metal bar of your desk, the desktop, your laptop. The pressure point here will keep you awake! - Noted by uni-venture.tumblr.com.

12. Relax

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If you’re upset about your grades, the news, or something that happened this morning, your brain expends a lot of energy. It’s going to wear you out and make your tired.

If you’re experiencing emotional exhaustion, problems can range from daytime sleepiness to poor sleep at night, as well as irritability, poor concentration, headaches, increased pessimism, and much more.

Using meditation and relaxation techniques to help cope with stress and anger may help restore your energy and give you a happier outlook. Even just few days of mindfulness meditation training can help boost your attention and thinking skills.

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