How to Stay Awake In A Boring Class

If you are an undergraduate in any Nigerian tertiary institution, who attends (or tries to attend) classes regularly, you must have come across that one course that is so boring and/or long that you find yourself nodding off, either consciously or unconsciously.

This isn’t our fault and can be quite embarrassing sometimes and hence I found the need to write this QWT post.

What works for the goose may not work for the gander; with this in mind, please note that not all methods will work for you and sometimes sleeping in class is inevitable *sigh*

I have compiled a list of my most effective methods and they include

  1. Getting Enough Sleep Before Class: One of the reasons why you may fall asleep during a class is actually because you aren’t properly rested. If you have a class by 8am, don’t stay up until 1am and hope to ‘rough’ it before the class by 8. Get at least six hours of sleep and avoid rushing before the class.


  1. Chewing gum: Whenever I feel really sleepy in class, I excuse myself and go outside and purchase chewing gum (I recommend Superstar, it’s 20 bucks and there are 5 blades in it). Chewing gum is effective in a large class or one where the lecturer is reasonable. Some lecturers take offence when students chew gum and hence it’d be wise to know how the lecturer would respond before chewing the gum.


  1. Stand Up or Walk Around: When you’re feeling sleepy, walking around or standing up would be less comfortable than sleeping and would therefore help you stay awake until the end of the course.


  1. Chat/Talk: Chatting on your phone or talking (in a low voice) to someone beside you is a good way to keep awake. While your brain is multi tasking, you’d be less prone to sleep and much sharper in class.


  1. Ask Questions: At every opportunity, ask questions. This kills two birds with one stone as you’ll get more insight in the course and also stay awake. If you can’t ask questions, do the normal “Please come again, sir” when he’s dictating and that should help keep you awake.

These are just a few of my methods and I hope they help. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and we get a commission on purchases made through our links.

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