By: Contributor On: May 11, 2011 In: College Classes, Student Life Comments: 21

Feeling tired in class is frustrating. It can leave you feeling lost in class and even cause your grades to suffer.

From the way you sit to the things you eat, there are many elements that influence your energy levels.

If you are finding it hard to focus in class because you feel tired, there are a few quick tricks that can help you boost your energy levels.

Drink cold water.

One major cause of fatigue is dehydration. Most people don’t get enough water every day. This can be especially difficult if you are a college student who is always on the go.

Luckily, there’s an easy and cheap fix: Make sure you have a water bottle with you at all times so you can stay hydrated. Your school probably has water fountains around campus, so fill-ups will be free. You can also refill easily in your dining hall.

If you need to perk up quickly, an extra-cold glass of water can give you that extra zing of energy you need. Bored of plain water? Try adding lemon or – my favorite – a few slices of cucumber for a little extra freshness and flavor.

Take notes by hand.

Instead of staring at your college laptop screen like a zombie and typing your lecture notes without thinking (a surefire way to make you feel tired — and bored!), try taking notes by hand. The little bit of movement you get from writing can help keep your body in “wake-up!” mode.

What’s more, when you’re writing by hand, it will be more difficult to take down every single word the professor says. This might seem like a disadvantage, but it can actually make you a better note-taker because you will be forced to write down only the most important elements. Plus, the extra focus this requires keeps you alert.

Get moving.

In general, physical activity is a good way to prevent fatigue. While you can’t do wind sprints through the lecture hall, the physical act of writing by hand or simply shifting your position every so often can help you stay awake. And not to sound too mom-ish, but good posture helps, too.

Regular exercise has also been shown to increase people’s energy levels. From jogging to playing intramural sports, staying active in college can not only keep off the Freshman 15, but also help you stay awake in class!

Eat energy foods.

A healthy diet without excess fat and sugar can keep your energy high; however, there are also certain foods and healthy snacks for college students that can boost energy. Foods rich in Vitamin C, like oranges, are one, as studies have shown a correlation between Vitamin C and physical vitality.

Ready for the best news yet? Chocolate may be another energy-booster. Dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants, has been shown to aid the body in the release of endorphins, which can make you feel positive and energized. Now you have an excuse to keep a chocolate bar in your backpack at all times — and to grab it whenever you feel tired in class!

Are you having trouble staying awake in class? Do you have any additional tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Debbie
Debbie
9 years ago

Uh…. what about…..
GET ENOUGH SLEEP???

Dagney
Dagney
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

Sometimes just sleep isnt enough because some people don’t have normal sleep patterns and it can be really easy to over sleep causing you to get more drowsy and feel slow. a lot of times people need little “wakeups” to help them through the day. so don’t assume people don’t get enough sleep. its probably not their fault.

lacey
lacey
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

but what if your not tired at night time

Brayden
Brayden
1 year ago
Reply to  lacey

exactly bro that happens to me all the time.

and i oop
and i oop
11 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

Saaaaaammmmeeeeee

Jeff
Jeff
10 months ago
Reply to  Debbie

what If I don’t want to

kelci
kelci
9 months ago
Reply to  Debbie

I do get enough sleep I just have an irregular sleeping pattern so my body’s always trying to figure out whats going on and moving around makes my body go “GO TO SLEEP” so it can figure out whats happened. and waking up at 5:30-6 am every morning just to do brain tiring work every day is kinda exhausting.

Ronen at University Language
Ronen at University Language
9 years ago

Definitely! If you find yourself falling asleep in class on a regular basis, you may want to reevaluate your sleeping schedule to make sure you are getting enough hours of shut-eye. If you still can’t manage to stay awake in class though, or if you can’t seem to make more time for sleep, these are a few things you can do to keep your eyes open and stay attentive.

Kaylee
Kaylee
7 years ago

Can you pour cold water on your wrists? Will that help you wake up? Because I heard from other people and friends that it would help you.

Amy at University Language
Reply to  Kaylee

Kaylee,
That might work (although I wouldn’t recommend doing it during class!)
Thanks for reading!

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

I’ve also found that chewing gum, especially the really minty kind, helps you stay awake.

rhyan
7 years ago

I love this

Adric
6 years ago

It also helps if you mabee tap your foot or keep moving just alittle. you should sleep more at night because you can over sleep which will just end up making you even sleepy-er so Yea just thought i would pitch in there

Audrey
Audrey
5 years ago

I personally don’t find this that helpful because these, mostly, aren’t things you can do right then in there if you find yourself dosing.

Charlotte
Charlotte
1 year ago

Umm get sleep yall i need sleep,we all need sleep

Caleb
Caleb
8 months ago
Reply to  Charlotte

I’d love to, but it’s not that easy. I have a brain that doesn’t like to shut off. I’m constantly thinking, which keeps me from sleep. Even trying to stop thinking causes me to think of way to do that. Obviously it doesn’t help that I have such a bad sleep schedule (6-2 hours every day), but it’s hard to build a schedule when your body doesn’t allow you to start. However, I do have to agree with the last bit. Yes, we do all definitely need sleep.

ZUBALAA
ZUBALAA
1 year ago

Ummm….this is not good to do during class because it might get you in trouble…. I NEED TO SLEEEEP.. IM IN CLASS NOW .. AND IM SLEEEEEPYYYY … I NEED HELP…PLEASE… 🙁

lacey
lacey
1 year ago

i’m always tired in class and i am always very board in class what can i do about this?

JEfff
JEfff
1 year ago

Umm thanks

Lord Ainz
Lord Ainz
10 months ago

Im in history class right now and im hella sleepy and I have to write a stupid paper but I can’t do these things right now in class HELLLP MEEE

Amanda Horgog
Amanda Horgog
10 months ago

thanks but none of this can help me i am in study hall at the junior high. we are not aloud food, water, getting up, and we are not taking notes. thanks for the information maybe i will try it later but i only slept for 5 hours last night and i might fall asleep typing this. maybe try to make a list more realistic so that it can help not just collage kids but everyone. thanks again but you should get working on another list. i will ceck back in a few weeks to see if anything is up so you better get started! thanks!