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Question Posted Thursday September 16 2004, 11:26 pm

I wake up every morning at least two hours earlier than my first class. I get up, take my dog for a walk, take a shower and get ready. You would think that all of that would wake me up enough to stay awake during my classes wouldn't you?

No luck for me. My hardest class is at 9 mondays and 9:30 wednesdays - Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology- and I am constantly falling asleep durring it. I try to take notes and sit next to the open windows, but it doesn't work. Coffee never seems to help me stay awake, and it gives me an upset stomach even if it did. Does anyone know of anything else that I could do to get myself awake and alert during this class? I don't want to just get a good grade, I actually want to learn everything and remember it all for my job in the future And this means actually paying attention in class.

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CrackFaith answered Sunday October 10 2004, 5:01 pm:
Well, if you are getting up 2 hours early just to be awake, you may not be getting enough sleep. Don't drink coffee. Sure, they say that caffine helps, but it just puts your system on an alert rollercoaster. After you are awake due to the coffee, you'll be tired. You may be falling asleep b/c the class is so dull and monotonous. Get enough sleep, don't party too hard, don't drink coffee. Instead, drink and eat a good breakfast an hour before class. Also, keep yourself cold. If your class is comfortable, you'll fall asleep. Instead of sitting by windows, where you could stare out of, sit by the air vents. Also, b/c it's a hard class, you have to force yourself to listen. IF you are just awake and don't know what's going on that's not going to help you. -- Good Luck--

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<3kiLeE answered Friday October 8 2004, 9:05 pm:
go to bed earlier!


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LilMia811 answered Friday September 17 2004, 8:30 pm:
Do you eat breakfast? If you don't, then you should. Food is fuel for the body and it will keep you up. Eat a good full breakfast, I think breakfast sandwiches are great because they are a little bit of everything, so you have alot of vitamins. taking a daily viatmin is another good thing to do as well. I'm pregnant, and since i've been taking my daily vitamin I've noticed that I can get up early and actually stay up. vitamins are another fuel for the body. also, try ornage juice with your breakfast, or if you need caffenine try tea or hot chocolate since coffee doesn't agree with you. hope I helped. :)

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shortybabe199 answered Friday September 17 2004, 7:37 pm:
well try to get to bed earlier!! that always works, im only in JH, but i know that if i dont go to bed early enough that i will be asleep so quickly! so plz try that!! i hope i helped, ttyl

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xASH answered Friday September 17 2004, 6:19 pm:
what time are you going to bed the night before? because if you're doing all of that end going to bed at like 4 in the morning then it wouldn't make a difference. make sure you get a good night's rest, and if that doesn't work then go to the doctors and see what they have to say.

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misunderstood64 answered Friday September 17 2004, 5:24 pm:
Try cutting down what u do in the morning. I used to get up at 5 every morning and run (school started at 7:30) anyways my first class was SOO boring, so u would think after running all the energy would be pumping and that I'd stay awake. In reality once I had wasted half my energy running and I settled down i was more tired than when I hadn't even run. basically it was a horrible idea b/c I feel asleep in class (whoops). Try taking ur dog during the day or at night. take ur shower in the morning and that should save u at least an hour? anyways if u still fall asleep try drinking an energy drink. Not coffee or tea..cuz that puts me to sleep. My sister actually suggested to me an energy drink that is big. Its called elements fire, it has a fire symbol on the side and it says elements on it. It's a silver aluminum looking bottle and it's dragonfruit flavor. I think it's really good and it has a certain ingredient in it that's not caffine (although it does have caffine) that really really kicks in to make u me.

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IxAmxCrying answered Friday September 17 2004, 3:29 pm:
Seriously, in most sports, people tend to eat oranges at half time, because they're packed full of sugar and they wake you up. They re energize you. They'll give you an added boost.
Just try it ONE day. If it works keep with it.

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bucs10us answered Friday September 17 2004, 1:26 pm:
try goin to sleep earlier the night b4...drink caffiene...mountain dew should do the trick.

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xOmAnDaH answered Friday September 17 2004, 9:53 am:
try going to bed earlier..thats the only thing you can really do..hope i helped..rate me =)


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MaxwellsSilverHammer answered Friday September 17 2004, 12:52 am:
How much sleep are you getting? If you're not getting enough, then a two-hour morning routine is too long, get the extra sleep and cut it down by 45 minutes or an hour if you can; or try other methods to get to sleep earlier.

If you're getting the recommended amount for someone your age, then you want to take the Mountain Dew path as MFS suggested, BUT Jones Soda ([Link](Mouse over link to see full location)) is actually better for it, more caffeine, and it doesn't taste bad, as Mt. Dew does; and comes in many different flavors. That link is to a store locator, because not everyone sells them.

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EnchantedSage answered Thursday September 16 2004, 11:43 pm:
You mentioned that you get up two hours before your class starts which I agree should be enough time to wake up in the morning. But, I'm wondering if you are going to bed early enough. Perhaps you aren't getting enough sleep. Everybody is different with how much sleep they need to operate day-to-day effectively, but generally you should be aiming for eight hours a night.

Also, if coffee is too harsh on your stomach, you could try hot tea. I've started drinking a caffeineted green tea called "Kambucha" tea. It tastes great, gives me a lift and sometimes, I swear it helps me think more clearly. Hope you find the right answer for you. Best of luck.

Kind wishes,

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Anarchilist answered Thursday September 16 2004, 11:37 pm:
Why not bring a tape recorder, just in case you fall asleep.

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MFS answered Thursday September 16 2004, 11:31 pm:
silly as it may seem, have you tried eating an apple yet? Coffee is just rank to me, but I have no qualms of drinking Mt. Dew... Livewire is like drinking cool-ade to me (which is bad as I drink too much of it).

Also - are you eating breakfast at all?

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