For many years ever since the author started elementary school back in 2003-2004 and all the way up to recently being taught in military classes while in the Army, the paper will describe what he has experienced as well as many other problems staying awake in class or fully comprehending the learning material due to lack of energy or lack of sleep from the night before. This paper will talk about how falling asleep in class has been a notorious landmark as to why students will struggle in a class or why that teacher does not enjoy having that student in the class making the learning environment toxic. Having trouble staying awake in class can come from numerous factors such as, having an inconsistent sleep schedule, appetite changes, stress which is the biggest factor and people who just have trouble falling and staying asleep at night. This paper will portray how the author has experienced days having trouble staying awake in class all throughout their student career and this has been supported with many other through research of students in the classroom for many years. However, in the paper, from many different strategies, the author as well as people the author has been around found something that they wanted to do more research on that helped them regain full attention in the classroom and prohibited the author from ever falling asleep again. The topic that will be researched on and discussed as the point of emphasis in the paper is how performing physical activity before school or a certain class can enhance someone is learning ability and helping them stay awake in the classroom and how it can have a positive impact on someone trying to stay awake in the classroom. The author never went for a run or exercised before class in high school and in college and had trouble staying awake but when joining the military, they did physical training early in the morning before classroom time where he found himself staying awake easily throughout the day and comprehend the learning material at such a great level. This paper will be using correlation with research from others who also had the same experience to prove the success with this topic and look at those who struggled even more due to doing strenuous exercise before class. The author wants to add in this paper to look at why these individuals struggled and find ways to critique their type of workout or even appetites so they can get the full benefits as he did from this change of pace every day. The author will dig deep into how doing physical training before a class in today’s time with going through COVID-19, has an even bigger impact as now people are not even in the classroom setting anymore but instead staring at a computer screen for most of the day. The research the author has found and what will be presented in this research project shows the many positives towards working out before classroom time and wants to find the best way to edit and incorporate every different individual into this mix so they can gain the same positives that the author had.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2021

Senior Project Advisor

Mr. George Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health & Exercise Studies

Document Type