Our Tips And Tricks For Keeping Alert In Your Early Morning Lectures

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The 9am lecture has the ability to strike fear into any student, a genuinely daunting prospect welcomed by absolutely no one.

Once upon a time, simply skipping your lecture and catching up online may have been completely justified, though when you’re paying £9k a year for four lectures a week, it’s a much more guilty prospect.

So now you’ve actually committed to dragging yourself out of bed, you’re probably feeling there’s no amount of caffeine in the world that could make you feel better about the situation.

Before you shell out on another expensive coffee, perhaps try one of these alternatives first.

Ginkgo Biloba

Yep, we had never heard of this one either.

Ginkgo Biloba is an extremely popular supplement taken from the dried leaves of the plant and is available in liquid, capsule and tablet form.

The plant helps maintain good cognitive function, contributing to normal blood circulation, which in turn improves brain performance and can even help your memory.

NOTE: Ginko Biloba cannot be taken alongside prescription blood thinning medication (including asprin) some diuretics, anti-depressants and drugs for blood sugar.


A slightly more familiar one for the list and a solid all-rounder.

Omega-3 has a ton of health benefits from maintaining healthy bones, skin and eyes to looking after your immune system.

Amongst all of these benefits Omega-3 can improve brain function and memory too, keeping you sharp during those earlier mornings.

Studies have even shown that it can help children sleep for longer and wake up less during the night, researchers believe this could work for adults too.

Regarded as an ‘essential fatty acid’ it’s obtainable by eating various types of fish but if you find yourself, on-the-go, capsules can be an ideal supplemental source.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, don’t worry you can still get your recommended supply of omega 3 from algal oil or flaxseed oil.

Vitamin B12

Your body doesn’t produce this vitamin naturally, so it’s important to get it through a balanced diet – beef, pork, egg yolks, milk, cheese and fish are all good sources of B12.

If these are foods you don’t normally consume, a B12 supplement is recommended to ensure you are not running low on this essential vitamin.

B12 aids in the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen around our body and to our vital organs. If these don’t get enough oxygen, you’ll begin to experience tiredness and fatigue.

It’s worth noting that getting enough B12 can help reduce stress and anxiety as it ensures a fully functioning nervous system.

Again, we know the odds of having a properly balanced diet at university can be pretty slim so capsules can be a much more simple way of getting your supplemental fix.

Vitamin C

The richest sources of Vitamin C are fruit and vegetables, which probably throws up a red flag almost immediately when it comes to your diet.

Don’t worry though, you’re definitely not alone. Vitamin C is the most widely taken nutritional supplement and is offered in various forms.

From dropping them in your drink, to standard tablets, there’s plenty of alternative ways to get the good stuff you need.

Vitamin C can help reduce tiredness and fatigue, as well as aiding in the upkeep of your immune system, so swerve the dreaded fresher’s flu and arrive at your lectures fresh and ready to go.

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