Tips to wake up and somehow stay awake during online classes

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Stay Awake with a Messed up Sleep Cycle

If you are someone like me then you probably also have a very messed up sleep cycle. Adding to that is the painful existence of online classes which is nothing like real-life college classes. Just the fact that you have only maybe 4 hours of sleep every night, you also have to listen to the class, because well otherwise, your very grades are at stake!

Sounds familiar?

Well, don’t fret because your good old friend over here has got some of the best tricks to fight off that morning sleep and stay awake during classes. 

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P.S: I am no expert, neither am I a doctor, these are personal anecdotes that I’ve tried and tested and may work for you. Anyways, have fun trying these out!

The Alarm trick: 

From personal experience, I know that setting one alarm is, well simply put, absolutely pointless because you’ll end up waking up, turning off the alarm, and going back to sleep. The trick here is to set a minimum of 5 alarms, at a gap of 10 mins each spread throughout an hour. If the alarm doesn’t make you want to get up, then the pure frustration of losing so much sleep will get you up and out of bed. But I cannot guarantee you being in a great mood for the rest of the day! 

 The Alarm Trick 2.0: 

Okay so maybe the first alarm trick did not work for you. Here’s another alarm trick that I saw a couple years ago and it completely changed my life. The idea here is to set your alarm and keep your phone in a hard and slightly inaccessible place especially when you’ve just woken up. That way, since you’ve put in so much effort to wake up and turn off your alarm, you could get on with your work or get ready for classes. This is one of the most foolproof methods of waking up. Tried and tested method to stay awake. 

Ice water treatment: 

So the alarm has somehow successfully woken you up yet the risk of falling asleep is still there. So how do you continue to stay awake?

At this point, you try the ancient tried and tested method of cold water to the face, in simpler words, wash your face! The water absolutely refreshes you, rids of you any sleep, and gets you all prepared for facing your classes. 

Coffee:

You knew I was going to add this here. You cannot make a list of stay awake tips without Coffee. You could have coffee in the traditional way and wait for you to gradually wake up or try this sneaky coffee trick which also allows you to sleep an extra 20 mins. You basically drink the coffee quickly, preferably cooled down, and then sleep immediately. Since the coffee takes a while to act, you get that extra 20 minutes of sleep and once the coffee hits you, you automatically wake up completely fresh. This trick has worked for me every time and is especially useful during exams/sessionals. 

Have sugar/sweet stuff: 

We all at one point have had way too much sugar, at a party or good old barbeque nation, but nevertheless, we’ve all experienced a sugar rush at one point in our life. As mentioned, by having sugar you are going to get a sugar rush which wakes you up but while this can be effective don’t use this method too often as it could be extremely unhealthy because of the high sugar content. 

Nevertheless, if you cannot wake up for your online classes because it has been stressful and/or if you haven’t gotten enough sleep the previous night, then don’t beat yourself up for something like that.

In times like these, we need to know that our sleep and mental health are way more important and you should definitely prioritize that and I hope these tips help you wake up for your classes effectively in the future. 

About the Author – Tejas Srinivasan is a 2nd-year student at Manipal Institute of Communication, who is an aspiring musician who writes every now and then.

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