There’s a certain freedom about uni life. You’re free from the structure of high school, you’re free to socialize when you want, you’re able to get your license and experience the freedom of driving yourself around. And while it’s possible to party all night, go to class all day and do it all again, it certainly comes at a cost – after all, there’s a reason why naps are synonymous with uni life.
Of course, fatigue is as much a part of uni as two-minute noodles. But, while a weary head may struggle to power through an 8am class, the consequences of fatigue on the road can be much worse. That’s why we’re going to help you with three quick tips to help stay awake both in the classroom and on the road.
At risk of sounding like your parents, one of the most obvious ways you can combat fatigue is with a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Health Foundation recommends getting seven to eight hours rest – something they believe can be achieved by establishing regular sleep patterns, having a comfortable bed, and leaving Instagram and WhatsApp until the morning.
Beyond the classroom, a good night’s sleep can’t be overlooked before heading off on a road trip as the consequences of fatigue can quickly add up.
You might be thinking that exercise is the last thing that could help you fight fatigue. It might be a challenge to get up and get going, but the benefits can’t be overlooked. In fact, even a single 15 minute walk can give you an energy boost. The more frequent the activity, the better you feel.
What’s more, exercise is also a great way to increase alertness while you’re on the road – something as simple as getting out of the car, rolling your shoulders and stretching your legs can help.
We understand this tip may be a little bit hard to follow sometimes, however drinking less alcohol can have a dramatic impact on how you perform both in the classroom and on the road. Although you might think that having a couple of drinks can help you fall asleep quicker, it’s actually been proven that you sleep far less soundly. So this means that even if you get your full eight hours, you can still feel tired when you wake up.
Needless to say, having a big night of drinking before getting on the road is never a good idea. Not only will your body be fatigued but did you know you can still blow .05 the morning after a big night?
You might be able to battle through a long day of lessons but you should never push through fatigue when you’re behind the wheel. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. Use these tips to ensure you perform at your best when it counts. Or read up more below.
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