Why is it so hard to stay awake in class?

01 October 2013

Question

Why can it be so hard to stay awake in class? Even topics I was really interested in would have me drifting off around the 30 min mark, no matter how hard I tried to stay focused.

Answer

Jason Rihel - Yeah, so that's a very good question and I see it in my students and I see it among the faculty when they have a seminar at even once that they are particularly interested in. I think it's a combination of sleep deprivation. So, you're not sleeping perhaps enough and then during a lecture, you're getting a period of quiet restfulness. Maybe the lights go down, and those are all being triggers to say, "Hey, maybe you should go to sleep now. You didn't get enough sleep last night."

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