How to Rise and Shine for Your Morning Classes

It’s hard to tell who’s more annoyed by early morning classes — the sleep-deprived college students who actually show up or the professors who have to look into the glazed eyes of those same students. The good news is you don’t have to be a zombie for your next 8 or 9 a.m. class. Here are some helpful tips for getting up, staying awake and actually getting something out of your morning classes.

Whether you’re a morning person or not, get to bed earlier on the nights before your morning classes and make sure you get a full 7-8 hours of sleep. After all, half the reason morning classes are so difficult is because many college students are running on fumes in terms of sleep. Save your partying for the weekends and save your late-night pranks and gossip sessions for a night you don’t have class first thing in the morning.

If you’re a heavy sleeper, you’ll want to set two alarms — an alarm clock and a cell phone alarm. Place at least one of these alarms all the way across the room from where you sleep so that you’ll actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. Choose the most irritating alarm possible — something that really grates on your nerves that you couldn’t possibly sleep through.

Be sure to get as much ready as possible the night before your early morning class. Have your books and backpack, as well as the clothes you will be wearing the next day, all in one place so you don’t have to waste time searching for things in the morning. This way, if you happen to oversleep, all you’ll have to do is pull on a clean shirt and a clean pair of pants and bolt out the door with your things. However, if you do have time, a morning shower or at least cold water splashed in your face will work wonders in waking you up.

You can also boost your energy by making sure you eat breakfast before class, although you shouldn’t choose anything heavy that will lull you into drowsiness. Have an easily grab-able breakfast item on hand, like a banana, granola bar or yogurt, to get your body going in the morning. If you’re still dragging, caffeinate yourself with coffee or an energy drink.

Finally, when you make it to class, sit in front and take notes by hand. By sitting in such close proximity to your professor, you’ll be less tempted to let yourself nod off during class. Hand-written note-taking takes a little more brain power than typing, and can keep you more alert in class, according to Surviving College Life. And when you’re battling the early morning haze, you need all the extra help you can get!

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