How to sleep in class

Students sleep in class due to several factors that may originate from their classroom itself or from somewhere else. Sleeping in class is generally perceived as of a lack of interest in the subject or teacher. However, the truth may lie in other external factors that are usually overlooked. Whatever the case, poor sleeping patterns of students deprives them from getting good grades. It also leads to the loss of self-confidence on the part of students who feel left behind. Imagine waking up from sleep to a question from the teacher you cannot provide an answer to. Before looking at the reasons, let’s look at consequences of sleeping in class.

The after effects of students’ sleep in class:

There are many aftereffects of students sleeping in the class. Some of them are:

  • There is a tendency to miss important lectures.
  • They might miss a rescheduled special lecture.
  • They are left isolated and are deprived of social activities after class.
  • Instructors are less inclined towards sleeping students. As instructors feel their lectures are not being respected by the student.
  • They are left unaware of test or the exam schedules.
  • They might also miss the amount of syllabus to be covered for an exam or test.
  • Their scores in school slowly decline.
  • The student’s sleep habits might be a nuisance to other students and to instructors.
  • Sleeping in class will slowly turn into a habitual practice.
  • Students might be left behind even after the class ends.

Some reasons why students sleep in class

There are many reasons as to why students sleep in the class.

  • On a general note, when somebody is not motivated towards a topic, they cannot establish a connection with that topic. This, in turn, leads to minimal or no interest in the topic. Students need to be motivated and kept active to generate interest towards a class. The instructor has to work on keeping a random question and answer session in between class hours. This will ensure that sleepy students are also kept alert in class.
  • The instructor has to make the class interactive and pick at random any topic which may even be off the current subject. This will make the class lively and all students are kept active and alert.
  • Students need to get a good amount of sleep during the night as this will avoid sleeping in the class. Sleeping patterns may also be affected by other factors like medications taken to cure allergies or diabetes and many other different ailments. The instructor should be made aware of the medical / health condition of the student beforehand.
  • The students might have been awake late into the night to complete assignments and project work. Hence, it is the responsibility of the school and the instructor to rightly assign tasks to students after school. Assignments should be short and with a fair analysis done by the school. Assignments have to be completed by students with eagerness and ease and not as a compulsion to finish within the deadline.
  • Today’s students spend a lot of time on electronic gadgets like, smartphones, video games and so on. They tend to stay awake to have a chat with their friends while busy playing video games.
  • With easy access to social media, students tend to get addicted to them. Using the internet and other gadgets rightly is good, but misuse results in poor night’s sleep and in turn, lots of sleep in the class.

Hence, it is the responsibility of the parents at home and also the instructors at school / college to keep an eye on students with problematic sleeping habits.

posted on March 21, 2021

Look, whether you’re working or you’re a student these days, unfortunately, online classes, online meetings are just the fact of life. And many of my patients have been struggling with sleepiness staying awake during online school. Some of my colleagues. I know struggle with staying awake , with online meetings as well. So here are my top seven tips for how to stay awake during Zoom classes or meetings.

1. Make sure you get enough sleep at night

The most important thing is to make sure that you get enough sleep at night, which has been a big problem during the past year. (If you have been struggling to sleep, here’s some information on how to sleep better during Covid time).

I was at a meeting once and something a speaker said really struck with me: tedium unmasks sleepiness. If you aren’t sleep deprived, you won’t fall asleep in a boring class (even if you want to). However, if you are sleep deprived, you’re pretty likely to fall asleep in tedious situations. And, let’s be real here— online classes aren’t as engaging as in person classes.

Even if you don’t fall asleep, it’ll be difficult to participate. So for teenagers, you need eight to nine hours of sleep a night. Younger kids say middle-schoolers nine to 10 hours of sleep. If you are a, grown-up such as myself set up seven and a half to eight and a half hours of sleep at night, high-quality sleep is key.

2. Drink cold water or chew gum.

These are both things that help my narcolepsy patients stay awake in class. If you aren’t familiar with narcolepsy, it is a rare disorder which causes significant sleepiness during the day.

It just helps them wake up a little bit, especially if they need to push through the end of a class. So this may be useful for you as well.

Make sure that your are muted and not too closely mic’d— you don’t want to be the guy with the loud mouth noise

3. Move!

The fact is if you are standing up, you are not going to fall asleep and you’re actually going to feel more alert. If you are able to move around during a class, it can help. If you can, position your Chromebook or laptop, so you can stand up. Stretching can also help.

If you can pop in some headphones and walk around your room a little bit, that will also help wake you up.

Between classes, if you could get a little bit of exercise. Do some yoga, do some pushups, et cetera. That’ll actually get your heart rate going and it will help you be more alert when you go into your next class.

Of course again, it might be a little bit weird if you’re doing air squats while you’re on your conference call, but I don’t know maybe your teacher or your boss is going to be cool with that.

4. Take a short nap.

To be clear: don’t do this during your classes, but if you have 10 or 15 minutes beforehand, take what I call a short tactical nap.

I’m talking about a 10 or 15 minute nap where you put your head down. A really short nap will help your alertness for a few hours and can help you push through the end of the day.

Prolonged naps are a no-no cause they’re going to make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night and then result in more sleep deprivation and sleepiness the next day. These naps are not three or four hour naps where you’re under your covers and your bed, because those are going to interfere with sleep onset.

5. Caffeine*

Let’s talk about your friend and mine: caffeine. Caffeine certainly helps people stay awake. Cup of coffee or tea in the morning can be very helpful, but I’m going to put an asterix after caffeine because we also know that it can interfere with sleep onset.

(Link to caffeine article)

So I usually recommend that if you are really sensitive to caffeine, avoid it after 12 o’clock noon, because otherwise it can linger in your system long enough to interfere with falling asleep at bedtime. If you’re pounding cups of coffee while you’re trying to finish a term paper at 11 o’clock at night, you’re probably not going to be able to fall asleep and again, you’re going to have difficulty the next day (see #1).

6. Natural light exposure

If you can set up your desks, you near a window, get some natural sunlight coming in. It helps you wake up. You can also just get a bright lamp. It’ll help with the lighting in your classes as well. And believe it or not, we’ll help you wake up a little bit.

At night time, remember that bright light can actually interfere with sleep onset. If you are having problems falling asleep at night, you might want to consider going on a “light diet” in the evenings.

7. Think about your body position.

You don’t want to be lying down your bed because what do you do in your bed? You sleep. If you’re trying NOT to sleep, don’t be in your bed. If you’ve got a desk again, if you can stand up if you’re lucky, if you’re slumped over in a beanbag chair, you might fall asleep. However, if you are sitting on a stool without a back, you may be more likely to stay awake. (If you fell asleep, you’d probably fall on the floor. I don’t want that to happen to you, but again, you’re probably not going to fall asleep).

What else helps keep you awake?

These are the things that I found helpful for myself and for my patients in terms of staying awake during online or soon school or work. If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments below, because I’m really curious to hear them.

How to sleep in class

Posted By: Mack Lee September 3, 2012

Mack Lee, DiY/Guides Section Editor

At IMSA, sleep deprivation will cause the need to sleep in class. This guide provides some tips on how you can sneak a few extra minutes of sleep in class. Don’t waste your time drifting to sleep and closing your eyes every half-second. If you need to sleep, sleep.

Disclaimer: If you get caught, Acronym staff is not responsible for your consequences. This article is for entertainment purposes only. Use at your own discretion/risk. It could be detrimental to your grade.

Difficulty Levels from 1-4 (From least difficult to most difficult)
-Difficulty is measured by the chance of successful execution

Risk = Low, Medium, High
-Risk is measured by the chance of being caught

Note: For all techniques, to avoid being compromised, do not sleeptalk, sleepwalk, or snore. In addition, make sure your neighbor won’t tell on you!

Technique 1 (One-handed Visor)
Materials: None
Difficulty Level: 4
Risk: Medium

1.) Pick a spot in the classroom in which the teacher does not move behind you or next to you (the edges work well)

2.) Place your hand on your forehead as if you were frustrated (with your elbow on the table), and tilt it to an angle so that you cannot see the teacher’s eyes.

3.) If you can’t see them, they can’t see you

Make sure you cannot see their eyes. To do this, test each eye by closing the other.

4.) Make sure you have good head support

When sleeping, your head will sometimes slip and move around while you sleep. Avoid this by bracing your elbow sturdily.

Technique 2 (Two-handed Visor)
Materials: Handout and/or notebook, pencil
Difficulty Level: 3
Risk: Low

1.) Repeat step 1 from technique 1

2.) Place your elbows on the table, interlock your hands, and place them on your forehead with your thumbs on your temples. You’re essentially making a visor with both your hands. Make sure you cannot see the teachers’ eyes. Look down at your paper

3.) Make sure your elbows will not slip off the table and use step 4 from Technique 1

4.) Move your hands towards the back of your head while maintaining the lack of eye contact so it does not look obvious.

Technique 3 (The Wall)
Materials: None
Difficulty Level: 3
Risk: Medium

1.) Sit somewhere in the classroom where the teacher only sees you from one side

2.) Take one hand and place it vertically on your cheek (the side that the teacher usually sees you from). Move it forward until you cannot see the teachers’ eyes. If needed, place the second hand on the other side for a different effect. You are shielding your eyes from the side, similar to the visor in Techniques 1 and 2.

3.) Test each eye by closing one and seeing if you can see the teachers’ eyes

Technique 4 (Chillin’)
Materials: Dark Sunglasses
Difficulty Level: 1
Risk: Low

Depending on the teacher, make sure this teacher will allow you to wear sunglasses in-class.

1.) Sit up straight and look like you are looking at the teacher.

Technique 5 (Laptop Freak)
Materials: Laptop
Difficulty Level: 2
Risk: High

1.) Place your laptop open in front of you

2.) Make sure the teacher will not see you as he/she walks around the classroom

3.) Place your chin onto the touchpad or under the keyboard

4.) Don’t let your head slip and catch up on sleep!

Technique 6 (Brave Soul)
Materials: None
Difficulty Level:

Students in elementary grades don’t often fall asleep in class, but when they do, it can be a distraction to you and to the other students. Sleeping in class also can signify another problem that warrants your attention.

If you have a student who is nodding off frequently, do some digging to find out why. It may be that she is going to bed too late; is bored in school; has a medical problem, such as allergies, diabetes, or hypoglycemia; or is experiencing side effects of medication. When investigating the reasons, look for a pattern by examining when and where the student falls asleep.

Knowing why a student is falling asleep will help you figure out how to respond, and whether to deal with the problem as a medical concern, an emotional difficulty, a motivational problem, or a disciplinary issue.


Wake the student. Ask her if she feels all right; if not, send her to the nurse. If she claims to be feeling fine, suggest she get a drink of water and then send her to the rest room to wash her face to help overcome the fatigue.

Make it hard for the student to sleep. If one of your students nods off frequently and you are confident it is not due to illness or medication, consider removing her desk the next time she falls asleep, so she has no place to rest her head. Give her a clipboard or a hard surface to write on. Let her have her desk back when she tells you she is confident she can work without falling asleep.

Seat the student at the front of the class or near your desk. She will be less likely to nod off when seated near you, and if she does, you will be sure to notice. If the student is seated elsewhere in the class, move towards her if you see her falling asleep. Your presence may serve as a wake-up call. You also might consider seating her near the window; the light and fresh air may make her more alert.

Keep the student active. Give her activities to do during those times of day when she is most prone to falling asleep. In fact, incorporating physical activity into your classroom is a good practice to follow with all your students. You might, for example, have students do stretching exercises, play Simon Says, take a bathroom break, or do such classroom errands as taking a message to the office. Tailor the activities to the student’s behavior pattern. If, for example, she tends to fall asleep while watching videos, consider asking her to help operate the audio-visual equipment.

Call on the student unexpectedly. If she senses that you may call on her at any time, she might work harder to stay awake. If you notice that she is starting to nod off, ask her a question or give her a task to do. Your goal is to heighten her alertness, not humiliate her, so ask a question you are confident she can answer.

Allow the student to take a nap — sometimes. Some kindergartners or first graders still need a nap during the day. In fact, if you are teaching kindergarten, you might build a rest period into your class schedule (although you might want to phase it out as the year progresses to help students prepare for first grade). If the student continues to fall asleep over a period of time, contact her parents.

About Ken Shore

Dr. Kenneth Shore is a psychologist and chair of a child study team for the Hamilton, New Jersey Public Schools. He has written five books, including Special Kids Problem Solver and Elementary Teacher’s Discipline Problem Solver.


Have you ever fallen asleep in class? Or have you ever stayed up all night to finish an assignment; but more realistically you stayed up all night to finish watching that current season of your show on Netflix. Do not lie to me, I know. Well, besides sleeping in class and staying up all night watching Netflix, why is being tired bad for your education?

I will be using a journal article by Shelley D. Hershner and Ronald D Hershner, titled “Causes and consequences of sleepiness among college students”. When you mess up your sleep schedule, you mess up your circadian rhythm. What is your circadian rhythm? Well, the circadian rhythm is the body’s natural “clock” that tells you when to sleep and when to wake up, when to eat. Essentially, the circadian rhythm is responsible for regulating many physiological responses. The circadian rhythm can be affected by a number of things. Sunlight and temperature are a couple of environmental causes that can change your circadian rhythm. “Many college students are sleep deprived because they go to sleep late and wake up for classes or employment before adequate sleep is obtained. Two primary processes govern how much sleep is obtained, the homeostatic sleep drive and the circadian rhythm” (Chervin and Hershner, 2014). College students are at a high risk for this due to the amount of homework and studying they are assigned (Like having to research and type up three to four blogs per week, among other assignments and exams). The poor college students are assigned so much homework that they are too stressed to start it, and when they start it they are working all night long. This throws off their sleep schedule and in turn causes them to be tired in class (If they even wake up to go to class).

There are two theories that contribute to the relationship between sleep and memory processing; the Dual Process Theory, and the Sequential Processing Theory. The first theory mentioned in the article is called the “Dual Process Theory”. “The dual process theory maintains that certain types of memory are dependent on specific sleep states, such that procedural memory (knowing how) may be dependent on REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and declarative memory (knowing what) on NREM (non-REM) sleep” (Chervin and Hershner, 2014). REM sleep occurs about 90 minutes after you fall asleep, and its duration is about 10 minutes. REM sleep is truly important to complete fully. If REM sleep is interrupted it can cause feelings of depression, fatigue, and confusion. This can affect how a student learns, because they might not be able to fully understand what is being taught in class that day. And if it persists, then the student will eventually start falling behind and not be able to make connections between topics that intertwine with each other. The second theory that is mentioned in the article is the “Sequential Processing Theory”. “The sequential processing theory suggests that memories require an orderly succession of sleep stages, ie, memory formation may be prompted by slow-wave sleep and consolidated by REM sleep” (Chervin and Hershner, 2014).

Students often end up having to rely on substances to help them sleep, and substances that help them stay awake. Substances that students use to help them fall asleep are typically melatonin in pill form (melatonin: natural hormone that the body secretes to help aid sleep), or marijuana, or even alcohol. Prolonged use of these substances throws off the body’s homeostatic state, and eventually depend on these substances to help fall asleep. Substances that people use to help stay awake are usually caffeine, and (a small percentage) even use hard drugs such as cocaine. The effects of prolonged use of these substances creates the same effect, and the body starts to rely on them to stay awake. A negative factor for sleep is the use of technology while laying in your bed. The technology use creates a connection of alertness to the bed, and eventually causes you to encounter troubles sleeping. A good way to avoid this would be to not use technology in the bed before sleeping.

“A student’s GPA is not just an indication of learning, but instead involves a complex interaction between the student and their environment. Intelligence, motivation, work ethic, personality, socioeconomic status, health problems, current and past school systems, course load, academic program, and test-taking abilities all may influence GPA” (Chevrin and Hershner, 2014). While GPA is not directly connected to learning, it is connected to how you can regurgitate information and apply it to the assignment or exam for your classes. Being tired will drive down your ability to learn and remember information, resulting in lower performance in class; ultimately driving down your GPA.

Hershner, S. Chevrin, D. (2014). Causes and consequences of sleepiness among college students

Dr. Mercola. (2014). Study: Interrupted Sleep May Be as Harmful as No Sleep at All

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Has it ever occurred to you that how you respond to students sleeping in class could be an indicator of your overall capacity to reach and teach them? Well, this was definitely the case for me, and at first I took it personally when students nodded off: How dare they put their heads down after I stayed up till midnight planning a lesson?! And so, whenever I saw students start to fade, I would dart over to their desks, tap them on the shoulder, and say, “This is important. You need to pay attention.”

Of course they’d be asleep by the time I walked away, and before long I concluded that sleeping was a sign of students being unmotivated.

How to sleep in class

And since many sleepers were disruptive or distant when they were awake, I figured letting them sleep was better for everyone. Until, that is, an administrator popped into my classroom as two kids were catching Zs–and I was soon catching hell.

No more letting kids sleep. But no wasting words trying to wake them either. It was time for action rather than rhetoric, and the action I found most effective at rousing slumbering students: dropping a textbook on their desks. It was also, of course, a great way of antagonizing and alienating them. What’s more, it ignored the root of the problem, since I eventually learned from students that sleeping in class was not in fact a sign of them being unmotivated, but rather usually a sign of them being bored or genuinely tired.

The bored part I took to heart, and took steps toward making my lessons more interactive. The tired part, on the other hand, was beyond my control. Yet the more familiar I became with students’ circumstances, the more I realized it was often beyond their control too. Circumstances like working the midnight shift at McDonald’s or caring for younger siblings.

Still, no matter what the reason for students being drowsy, I couldn’t condone sleeping in class, just as I’m sure you can’t–and not just to protect our butts, but because we need to hold students accountable regardless of circumstances. The challenge, then, is to keep kids from sleeping in class without being insensitive toward them. And the solution for me was a simple rule: You may sleep in class as long as you’re standing up.

Sounds sarcastic perhaps, but that wasn’t the spirit in which I presented it nor how students perceived it. On the contrary, what this “rule” conveyed to kids was that I understood how difficult it might be for them to stay awake, but that they had no choice. So if they couldn’t stay awake, they needed to stand up. Not to sleep, of course, but to perk up–by standing in the back of the room, getting a drink of water, etc. And I was there with encouragement rather than admonishment, sometimes even doing a few jumping jacks alongside them.

Getting back to the link between how we respond to sleepy students and our overall capacity to reach and teach them, I’m not saying learning in my classroom improved because of a crazy “stand if you want to sleep” rule. But I am saying it wouldn’t have improved without this rule or, more accurately, the change in classroom culture it embodied.

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Sleeping in class. We’ve all done it, even if we don’t want to admit it. There are thousands of different positions to doze off in class, but I’ve compiled together a few of my favorites.

Top 4 ways to sleep in class

  1. The “This class is boring” sleeping in class position

How to sleep in class

One of the most common ways students fall asleep, this occurs when the lecture is passive and you’re just “resting your eyes”.

The “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me” Sleep

How to sleep in class

Sometimes you just want to sleep in class but you don’t want to be seen as disrespectful, so you hide behind a notebook, computer, or folder. Anything to make it look like you’re paying attention when in reality you’re catching some z’s.

The “I stayed up too late binge-watching Disney+” Sleep

How to sleep in class

This one’s kind of rare, but sometimes, it’s hard to keep your eyes open, even when you’re taking notes. This may have happened because you wanted to watch another episode of The Mandalorian.

The “Way too comfortable” Sleep

How to sleep in class

Sometimes you don’t care if you’re being disrespectful, you just really need some sleep and attendance. So you show up to class to get counted present, then you settle in and close your eyes.

But a question remains. Should you sleep in class?

Now seeing someone in any of these positions is pretty amusing, but imagine being that person, the one who falls asleep in class. It’s a pretty scary experience because you don’t know how long you were asleep for if the teacher noticed, and what topics they went over while you were getting your beauty rest. Make sure you take advantage of Student Resources if you are having a hard time.

Well, there’s no need to fear because I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to keep yourself awake during those long class lectures! Part of being successful in college is managing to stay awake.

Ten Tips to Avoid Sleeping in Class

  1. Bring a water bottle to class

Every time you get that tired feeling or you start to zone out, drink some water. Drinking cold water helps keep you hydrated to keep you focused. If you don’t drink enough water, your body doesn’t function as well as it could.

Sit at the front of the class

Being closer to the teacher is a great motivator to stay awake in class. Studies have also proven that sitting in the front of the classroom, leads students to receive higher grades on exams. Win-win, am I right?

Be active

Interact with your professor! Even if they don’t provide engaging activities, you can make them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Take deep breaths

By taking deeper breaths, you raise your oxygen levels, slowing your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and improving circulation.

Chew gum/bring a snack

Chewing something activates specific regions of the brain meaning your brain becomes more active and you stay more awake!

Go to bed early

So you can wake up early and feel well-rested.

Get some exercise before class

The adrenaline from working out, taking a stroll, stretch, or doing some jumping jacks before class will help you stay awake.

Keep a good posture

If you focus on sitting straight up in your seat, you won’t be able to fall asleep. You rest your head and you will crash and burn.

Take notes (or doodle if it helps)

It keeps you active and it helps you focus on what you’re learning in class. Even if it’s random scribbles, it’s better than being asleep.

Walk about in the back of the classroom

If you get tired, just find a spot in the classroom where you are not distracting anyone and walk about back and forth or take notes while standing.

With these tricks, you won’t end up like our friend at the beginning (hopefully)! Do you have any tricks to share with us? Leave us a comment. As about our Management Programs.

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@vocedelmorte I got everything possible in the first playthrough except Futabas lines and a hostage situation.

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It is completely random. It will be anyone, including people at 10, or people like Sun, who does not even take points into account.

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