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Do you know what to do if a child constantly falls asleep in public or at school? Find out some possible causes and follow up actions in the article below.
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classroom is incomplete without a classroom joker who has a sporty spirit and
becomes the cynosure of all eyes through his gimmicks and funny acts.
Similarly, there is always someone who is a back bencher and tends to dose off
while the lecture is going on and is identified as the ‘sleepy head’ of the
class. Often these children may be left unnoticed and tend to go deeper into
their shell while in some cases the teacher pin points them, making them feel
embarrassed. What exactly is the right way to approach this dilemma? When you
encounter any student who nods off frequently you may want to dig deep into the
matter and find out the reason as to what is the underlying factor behind it.
When you have categorically identifies what is the cause behind this erratic
behavior you can go about handling the situation in an attempt to cure the
child of this dilemma and help kids get back in the school
possible causes of being a classroom sleeper
Disturbed sleep patterns: It goes unsaid that the
main cause behind falling asleep during a lecture in class could be lack of
sleep which is why you should let your child know about the importance of a good night’s sleep and instill good sleeping
habits in them.
Emotional problems: You never know what might
be going on in the life of that individual that may have affected his thought
processes. Perplexed and disturbed individuals tend to evade their
responsibilities and the easiest retreat and escape is sleep. Their
concentration span is reduced and they are unable to pay attention in class due
to not being at peace in the mind.
Side effects of
medication: If your child is on a dose of heavy medicines, anti-allergic or
anti-depressants that have a sedative component in them then your child is
bound to feel drowsy at any cost. Such medications numb your senses and cloud
your mind, making you fall asleep almost instantly.
What to do?
Wake up the tired child: The student might have
gone to sleep bored by the monotony of the lecture and unable to stay awake
anymore due to lack of interest, coupled with last night’s exhaustion. Show
concern for the child and ask them if they are feeling alright. If you feel
something is wrong send them to the medical room or else suggest them to go
have a glass of water and splash their face with cold water to make the
sleepiness go away.
Foster an interactive classroom
teacher can analyze their own teaching skills and evaluate if they are at fault
in not being able to develop that level of interest that is needed for the
student to stay alert. This is when the teaching system should re-evaluate its
flaws and introduce fun-learning activities that would serve both the purpose
of getting academic knowledge as well as entertainment. Introduce stress buster
activities which might most probably include physical activity and tasks of a
less complex nature so that the students do not feel unnecessarily stressed.
Furthermore, you could even incorporate e-learning and introduce technology
into the classroom to keep the student in awe and to help maintain his
Keep rewards for active class
participation: Positive reinforcement is a great way to encourage your students to stay
active. Start with small incentives like an award or certificate for active
class participation or bonus marks or something like that. For younger children
a few extra minutes of recess or play time would also do the needful.
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