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Monday, April 25, 2016

Quick Ways to Stay Awake

Have you ever felt your eyes droop a little too much during math? Have you ever rested your eyes for a bit and opened them to find that your history teacher is now talking about a completely different topic? If these situations sound familiar to you, try these tips to stay awake.

1. Hold your breath:
Holding your breath tricks your brain into thinking you are in a dangerous situation and causes the release of adrenaline, which increases awareness and alertness. It will also increase your heart rate. However, don't hold your breath for too long, only as long as it takes to just start feeling uncomfortable.

2. Chew peppermint gum:
There are two benefits to this. First, the scent of peppermint can help people feel more awake and focused, especially in a test environment. Second, chewing gum keeps your jaw moving and activates the motor portions of the brain, which increases alertness, Warning: don't take out gum when others can see you, unless you want to end up giving gum to the whole class.
Feeling more alert yet?

3. Buy a blue pencil pouch.

Yes, really. Seeing blue light (or blue things) can help keep you awake because the color blue is associated with clear skies. This effect also makes it more difficult to sleep if you are looking at a smart phone (which emits blue light) late at night.

4. Drink Water
Dehydration can cause fatigue. Naturally, a way to prevent this fatigue is drinking water. Staying hydrated helps your brain work at full capacity during class, and moving around even a little bit to grab water can help you stay awake.

Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant

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