We’ve all been there; you get to class and immediately when the lecture starts, especially if it’s one you’re not really interested in, you yawn and spend the rest of the time either battling to stay awake, or worse, fall right to sleep. This has been a common trend in lecture rooms so much so that most educators don’t even bother to wake you up, so long as they get through the day’s topic.
But falling asleep during lectures can have devastating consequences in the long run, if you already haven’t discovered that yet. Lecturers have a tendency of either moving so fast that 99% of the time their words fly over your head instead of into your ears and brain. Then there are those who are so ‘soft spoken’ they lull you to sleep straight away. At the end of the day you are as good, or as bad, as someone who didn’t attend class at all. You’ve basically wasted your time, and you will probably have to work extra hard in order to catch up through self study.
Life need not be so difficult though. The secret is simply developing healthy sleeping habits. Notice how I said ‘sleeping habits’ instead of ‘sleep more’. While it is true that getting enough sleep is vital for your body to re-energize, your body also has the ability to keep track of time. It’s called your body clock. Research has shown that people who keep a consistent sleeping and waking time, whether it be 4 or 8 hours of sleep, are more productive during the hours when they are awake, whether that be during the day or night time. On the other hand, those who didn’t have a well defined sleeping and waking schedule, who went to bed at random times, are more likely to feel tired and sleepy when they are awake, and also struggle to fall asleep when they need to. This is due to the body not being able to know when to shutdown or awake. And it is much worse within the student community when there are loads of assignments to complete in addition to classes to attend.
So set your sleeping schedule and have a specific time when regardless of what you were busy with, you switch everything off and retire to bed. Also, checking your phone while in bed is a no, no. The brightness of the screen tells your brain that you should be up, and so being in bed but on your phone doesn’t count as sleeping. Try this for a week and you will see the immediate change that your body will undergo.
Having done this for almost a year now, I don’t need to even set my alarm to wake me at 5am because I have disciplined my body to sleep at 9pm and wake up at 5am. I am more productive during the day more than ever, and not once have I felt the urge to sleep even during the most boring of lectures!
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