Late nights and early mornings can run into each other making your days much longer. We've all been there before. Sometimes sacrificing sleep is needed to obtain your goals and objectives on time or to simply make a living. It can be hard to stay awake while driving, studying, at work or in class. Falling asleep in these places can be very embarrassing, taxing and even dangerous.
Some people can overcome tiredness better than others. There are many ways to stay awake. The methods you should use will depend on what it is that you need to stay awake for.
Staying Awake While Driving
It can be hard getting up early in the morning and commuting to work after a long night. Obviously longer commutes increase your chances of falling asleep at the wheel. Have you ever drove to work and could not really remember how you got there? Luckily you made it safely. It's a pretty common scenario for many people that drive late at night, early in the morning, or without getting the proper sleep that they need. There are several things that can be done to help you stay awake while driving and stay safe. Clearly these are either quick fixes or things you need to do in advance. Often, these steps won't help sufficiently and you may need to look for other more concrete solutions especially if you often have to drive while tired, like at the end of a night shift. A Stay Awake Device is something worth looking into.
- Turn up the music – turning up the radio may help you avoid dosing off
- Fresh Air – Roll down your windows and let in a nice cool breeze
- Drink Coffee – The caffeine in coffee wakes people up
- Gum – Pop a mint or some gum into your mouth
How to Stay Awake in Class
Staying awake in class can be extremely difficult. If you've had a long night of studying or your class is just boring it can be hard to remain focused and concentrate on the professor. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you do not dose off at the wrong time.
- Eat Healthy – Healthy foods give you a lot of energy. Most cafeterias have a good selection of fruits and vegetables that produce long lasting energy.
- Drink Liquids – Some people function great on coffee, others just need orange juice or water. Determine what works best for you and bring it to class.
- Take Notes – Taking notes by hand will most certainly keep you awake since you are constantly moving and thinking.
- Get Involved – Raise your hand and answer some questions; get some communication going. This will keep you interested in the topic.
Staying Awake at Work
This is a very similar scenario to staying awake in class. No one wants their boss to walk in on them taking a little snooze. Chances are if you get caught napping you will be fired and now is not the time to be fired. So here is what you can do. • Chew Gum – The scent and the motion of your jaw will keep you awake for sure.
- Exercise – Exercise at work? Yes, it's very common these days. Keep your muscles moving. • Eat – It's obviously important to eat, but do not eat in excess. Being full will prevent you from wanting to work and will make you tired.
- Music – Play some music that you like and sing along. Many workplaces allow music in individual cubicles.
- Nap – Eat a small lunch and take a power nap for 15-20 minutes if you are really tired. Now that you know how to stay awake you will not have to worry about being embarrassed in front of your peers and you can be much more productive.
All of these tips can help but if it is crucial to stay away at work or school or other situations, a driver alert is your answer. It beeps when you start to nod off and your head dips forward. Although it is an especially crucial device to use while driving for obvious safety reasons, it is also very useful for staying awake in other situations as well.