Falling Asleep

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  1. ArapWarrior

    ArapWarrior Prospective

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    The last few years of high school I struggled with falling asleep in class. Seeing as I am going to get less sleep next year, I was wondering what happens when you fall asleep during class at the academy. Also, how do current cadets avoid doing it?
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    I spent my entire Plebe year taking classes standing up. Not sure at Air Force, but at Navy you are encouraged to stand up, drink alot of water (and you will have your share of caffeine too), I chewed alot of gum in class (although technically not allowed, but it did keep me awake), and I went through alot of Life Savers. You learn to deal with being sleep deprived.
     
  3. cadet15

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    You stand up in class to try to avoid it. I have seen people fall asleep standing up though. During basic, everyone is falling asleep in briefings so half the time, you just stand through the briefing. I personally fell asleep marching to lunch one day. I still don't know how I got to Mitch's that day. After talking to many professors, they would rather just have you stand through every single one of their classes, than fall asleep on them. They don't notice people standing up, they notice people falling asleep. Coffee and energy drinks are also commonly used, although I don't personally think they are that effective. Just find something that works for you, but find it early.
     
  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    GET SLEEP!

    Seriously, prioritize and work efficiently. It helps a lot. If for some reason you can't get enough sleep, drink water, stand, etc.
     
  5. jwalsh1

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    CAFFEINE!!! Sorry, but I'm just throwing it out there. To stay awake in tech school, I had to drink multiple Monsters a day. The habit has stuck, and I don't know how I'm going to stay awake in BCT... =P
     
  6. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Caffeine and sugar only work well if you have not built up a tolerance towards them.

    Seriously, get sleep. During BCT you will be tired, but you can get enough sleep during the academic year to not fall asleep when you don't want to.
     
  7. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    Yea, raimius is right. At least with my experience at West Point, the really late nights I have are generally because I didn't plan well enough in advance to get my work done at a decent hour (read as procrastination). Time management is one of the most important things I think any of the Academies will teach you about
     

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