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How To Stay Awake in Lecture Classes

Don't let your professor catch you snoring. These tips will help keep your eyelids from drooping in class.


  • Step 1: Take an interest in the material presented in the lecture. Make a point to learn at least three new facts each class.
  • Step 2: Take notes by hand. Writing down the information presented in a lecture will help you retain the knowledge and keep you focused.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to one survey, only 15 percent of teens reported getting eight and a half hours of sleep on a school night.
  • Step 3: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can affect concentration.
  • TIP: Avoid eating too many carbohydrates before the lecture, as carbs raise serotonin levels and cause drowsiness.
  • TIP: Practice a bedtime routine, such as brushing your hair, to help you sleep at night.
  • Step 4: Take morning classes that start at 9:30 or 10:00 instead of 7:30. Biological changes cause sleep patterns to shift in teenagers, making them want to stay up later and sleep longer.
  • Step 5: Eat healthy snacks. Foods with folate, such as green vegetables, whole grains, and orange juice, help you stay alert.
  • Step 6: Get plenty of sleep. People in their late teens and early twenties need nine to ten hours of sleep per night.

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