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I Sleep In Class (Sometimes)

Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to stay awake in class but everything is just way too boring for you to even think about keeping your eyes open.

Yesterday I feel asleep while taking a test. Twice. The first time I did that head bobbing thing. I wasn’t falling over to the side. Instead, my head slowly sank closer and closer to the desk until my nose was about an inch away from the words on the paper in front of me. I finally came to and did that embarrassing twitch people make when they wake up too fast. The pencil in my limp hand had made a huge scribble across my answer sheet and I tried to work on the next question.

When I fell asleep the second time I only had a couple of questions left and I still had almost 15 minutes before the class was over. I woke up when the bell rang. Apparently everyone knew I was asleep but didn’t bother to wake me up. All the tests were in so I guessed on the last few answers and turned in my paper. I hope I get a good grade! I’ve fallen asleep in other classes periodically throughout this year and last year but I’ve never fallen asleep during a test.

I need to start going to bed a little earlier. It’s getting harder to go to bed at 11:30 and wake up at 5.

I did some searching and found Steve Pavlina’s “How to Become an Early Riser” and I just don’t think his suggestions would work for me. He suggests you go to bed when you’re tired but wake up at a fixed time every morning. Makes sense but in reality I just don’t think it’s that easy. If I wait to go to bed until I’m tired, some days I would only get 5 hours of sleep and be tired the entire next day and other days I’d get 10 hours of sleep and feel great. I think going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is a much better way to sleep because of the consistency. When I’m working on a project I get much more done if I’ve gotten the right amount of sleep the night before. If I don’t get enough I can sometimes focus better but I do everything in slow motion. If I get too much I work quicker but I’m not as focused. Somewhere in between would be a nice balance that I’m going to work on finding that balance. Some of my most productive times are in the morning after I run and shower because I’m awake enough to get things done quickly but still tired enough to focus on one thing. I don’t want to be forced to focus on too many things that early in the morning.

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