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August, 26, 2023

5 Tips on How to Stay Awake in Class

Unlock the secrets to staying attentive in class without the crash. Say goodbye to drowsiness and hello to focused learning with Ethan's clean energy shots. 

We've all been there. The lecturer's voice drones on, the warmth of the room lulls you, and your eyelids grow heavy. Staying awake and attentive in class can be a struggle, especially when the subject matter is less than riveting.

Fortunately, there's a solution at hand. No, it's not a double shot of espresso or an energy drink filled with questionable ingredients. It's something far healthier that won't cause you to crash hours later.

Meet Ethan's Clean Energy Shot. This organic energy shot provides a quick, clean boost when you need it most, keeping you alert and focused during class, even after a late night of studying (or out with friends).

The Importance of Staying Awake in Class

According to the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine, “college students represent one of the most sleep deprived segments of our population.” (1)

Unfortunately, research also suggests that poor sleep quality and daytime sleepiness negatively affect academic performance in students, ultimately resulting in a lower grade point average (GPA). (2)

During those inevitable times when you’re feeling drowsy and less alert, your brain is not as responsive or efficient in processing new information.

In fact, according to the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine, lack of sleep negatively affects all three brain processes that contribute to learning: acquisition, consolidation, and recall. (1)

Common Challenges in Staying Awake

Students often find it challenging to remain awake and alert in class due to a variety of reasons.

Insufficient sleep, often caused by late-night studying, part-time jobs, or social activities, is often to blame.

Poor nutritional habits, such as skipping breakfast or consuming high-sugar foods, can also lead to energy crashes throughout the day. (3)

Dehydration, lack of physical activity, and long, uninterrupted periods of sitting are just a few of the other potential challenges that may be contributing to your desire to doze off mid-class. (3,4)

Unfortunately, many students turn to quick fixes like sugary energy drinks or other stimulants to combat drowsiness. “These solutions often contain high levels of caffeine and sugar. While the caffeine can provide a quick spike in energy, the sugar content can lead to a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a subsequent crash,” says Liz Keller, MS, CNS, a board-certified nutritionist and Director of Nutrition for Well-Choices, an online holistic nutrition therapy service. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warns against the potential dangers of relying on these energy drinks, stating that they could contribute to heart complications, anxiety, insomnia, and dehydration. (5)

How To Stay Awake and Engaged in Class Naturally

​​Fortunately, there are multiple safe and easy alternatives to help you stay awake and alert through even the longest (and most boring) of your classes. 

1. Get Sufficient Nighttime Rest

Oftentimes, daytime drowsiness and difficulty staying awake during class can be improved by a quality sleep schedule. The amount of sleep you need largely depends on your age. The CDC recommends adults aged 18 to 36 years get at least 7 hours per sleep each night, while 8 to 10 hours are recommended for teens aged 13 to 18 years. (6

2. Take an Ethan’s clean energy shot before class

Perfect for some morning energy or a quick boost before class, Ethan's Clean Energy Shots are small, concentrated beverages designed to provide 150 mg of natural caffeine whenever you need it most.

Unlike other energy drinks on the market, you won’t find added sugar or artificial flavors in Ethan’s Clean Energy Shots. Instead, you’ll enjoy organic, plant-based ingredients such as green tea and Guayusa for energy, and adaptogens like Lion's Mane and Cordyceps Mushrooms for calm, mental focus. 

The result? A better energy shot without the jitteriness or crash—just clean focused energy to help you stay alert throughout class. 

3. Get Up and Move During Class Breaks

While it may seem counterintuitive, movement can actually help you stay awake and alert. 

“Physical movement, even in the form of a short, brisk walk or a simple stretch, can invigorate your mind and body. It enhances blood flow and oxygen supply to both your brain and muscles, fostering alertness and reducing feelings of fatigue,” explains Keller. 

4. Actively Participate and Engage in Class

Actively participating in class can also help keep you alert and engaged. After all, the more involved you are in learning the material, the more likely it is that your brain will stay active and focused. Ask questions, join debates, and discuss the topic with your classmates. 

5. Maintain a Balanced Diet and Proper Hydration

A well-balanced diet that contains a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats can help keep your energy levels high throughout the day. Focus on eating plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils, while limiting the amount of refined sugar and white starches, which can cause an energy spike followed by a crash.

Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can also help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day and help you avoid the tired, sluggish feeling that often comes after eating a large meal. (7)

Final takeaway

If you’re a student struggling with daytime drowsiness, don’t compromise your health with questionable quick fixes. Give Ethan's Clean Energy Shots a try and experience the difference that clean, natural ingredients can make in your alertness and focus. 

Take the first step today—order your supply!. Your path to clean energy is just a sip away.


Ethan’s Clean Energy Shots provide a clean, and balanced boost of energy and alertness, without the crash or jitters commonly associated with other energy drinks on the market. 

Authored By

Jennifer Wirth

Jennifer Wirth is a professional writer, editor, and SEO specialist with a focus on health and wellness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and is passionate about providing accurate and engaging content that’s backed by scientific research. When she’s not writing or editing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.

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