How To Stay Awake In Class

sleeping in class It is very difficult to remain awake and alert in class, when you are haplessly sleepy, specially if you need to sit through a long lecture and absorb a great deal of information.

In such a scenario, all you can think of, is laying your head on your desk and taking a nap.

It’s an excruciating task, because one minute you are awake and vigilant, and the next moment you are doing everything possible to keep your eyes open.

In order to stay awake and alert in class, one must adhere to, ‘The Silva Method’, which adopts a wonderful technique called, ‘The Clock exercise’. It’s a wonderful and extraordinary technique, and it’s worth learning! In order to master the art of staying awake, one must profoundly know about the sleep patterns or the different phases of sleep. On certain days, it is very easy to wake up in the morning, and sometimes it feels unfeasible. Mostly you wake up feeling refreshed, re-energized and rejuvenated; but occasionally you feel groggy, tired, lethargic, drowsy and exhausted, even if you abide by the similar sleep schedule. This is induced by incomplete sleep phases and there are precisely four different phases of sleep. Each phase lasts for about 90 minutes and takes you through three different brainwave patterns, namely, Delta, Theta and Alpha. Alpha is light sleep, Theta is deeper sleep and Delta is very deep sleep. When a person sleeps, much of the sleep cycle is spent in Delta(heavy, dreamless sleep). The remaining two phases(Alpha and Theta) follows in the latter part, which is accompanied by rapid eye movements and active dreaming. Each sleep phase has particular and distinct physical patterns. If any of the sleep phase is interrupted or incomplete, you wake up feeling groggy, tired and drowsy. You feel a desperate need to go back to sleep, hence it makes you lethargic and exhausted.

Sleeping in classroomAt times, it becomes very grueling to stay awake during the day. Especially,it is very hard to stay awake and lively during road trips or in any flight journey. Developing the ability to stay awake is very worthful and resourceful, drowsiness is activated due to lack of stimulation. Feeling drowsy or groggy is not always induced by boredom, it’s merely the presentation, the environment and monotony, that triggers the urge to sleep. The RAS( Reticular Activating System) is the component of the brain that regulates alertness and vigilance. The monotony of a repetitive task signals the RAS, which induces a strong desire to sleep. Monotony mainly occurs amidst a long, boring lecture, highway driving, flight journey, train journey etc. Hence, the RAS has the capacity to hasten sleep, especially in cases of diminishing stimuli. Very often, you encounter less stimulating or de-motivating tasks, throughout the day, when feeling sleepy and drowsy seems inevitable. Henceforth, it’s essential to nullify the RAS.

‘The Silva Method’, preaches certain Control Exercises that will aid you to remain awake in crucial situations. You can use the exercise when you are getting drowsy while driving, traveling, reading, in class etc. It’s essentially effective when you have to stay up late nights to complete any project or task.

Similar to the Control Exercises, ‘Awake Control’ is a type of mental training and a technique which teaches you to restraint your mind. This technique rejuvenates the entire body and restores your energy levels.

Awake Control is achieved by adhering to the five below mentioned steps:

  1. Acknowledging the fact that you are feeling drowsy and sleepy.
  2. You have to administer a goal stating that you don’t want to remain in that state and want to re-energize yourself.
  3. You then start commanding yourself to become fully awake, alert, responsive and cognizant, as you count slowly from one to five.
  4. Then you slowly and smoothly undertake the necessary actions, to retreat from the state of drowsiness, as you count from one to five.
  5. The last step is to reinforce the command by telling yourself repeatedly that you are wide awake and fully aware.


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By enforcing the five step procedure mentioned above, you can successfully combat the problem of drowsiness and improper sleep patterns. You will be productive in mastering this steps if you practice them with proper perseverance, determination and insistence. There are many herbal and organic food products that can help you to remain awake in class.

moringaMoringa is one of them. It is one of the many miracles or wonders of nature. The auspicious Moringa tree, originally hails from the foothills of the Himalayas, India. It is also known as ‘The Horseradish Tree’ or ‘The Miracle Tree’. Currently, it is extensively cultivated all over the world, especially in regions such as Africa, South America, Australia, Philippines, Nigeria, Zambia etc. The tree’s leaves have the capacity to treat around 300 diseases. The Moringa tree is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C & E and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron etc. It comprises of 95 total nutrients and 46 different anti-oxidants. It is extremely nutritious and healthy. The flowers of the Moringa tree are abundant in calcium and potassium. The Moringa flower juice, improves the quality and quantity of breast milk production in women.

It not only cures physical problems but mental as well. Depression can be quite severe and it’s intensity varies from person to person. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to hormonal or vitamin imbalances and various types of sleep disturbances that leads to depression in most cases. It can boost up the immune system and greatly benefit a person suffering from depression. It also facilitates in elevating moods, by making a person jovial and blissful and less lethargic and extremely energetic. It is also used as a revitalizing agent. It can be consumed by all age groups. It can be greatly helpful for treating depression. Moringa is extensively used for treating sleep problems such as insomnia, uneven sleep patterns, oversleeping etc. It can be administered to students, so that, they remain awake in class. Drowsiness can also be triggered by malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, Moringa can be used in such cases to eliminate malnutrition and ensure general health wellness. If the body is completely re-energized and rejuvenated, then factors such as feeling drowsy, lazy, sleepy, exhausted during the day time, can be avoided. Moringa can also be consumed as a food substitute to regenerate and restore the body.

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