In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Tips to Stay AWAKE
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

Tips to stay awake in class, at work and while driving:

Avoid followings to stay AWAKE:

1.    Avoid Dehydration, since it may make you drowsy.
2.    Avoid Drugs/Alcohol/Intoxicants etc., since even in small amount you lose your mind alertness.
3.    Avoid Eating Junk Foods, since it may contain fat, salt and sugar, which may makes you tired.
4.    Avoid Heavy Meals, since it makes you sleepy/drowsy.
5.    Avoid "Micro Sleeps", since up to 30 seconds of sleep that often occur due to sleep deprivation.
6.    Avoid Sugar, since it gives short energy but may cause drowsiness and brain fog sometime later.
7.    Avoid High Temperature, since it makes you sleepy while your body needs to rest.
8.    Avoid Tiredness, since your mind will not be fully alert.

Tips to stay AWAKE:

1.    Alert: Chew gum to keep your mouth busy and keep yourself alert. Yawn is a warning.
2.    Busy: Keep yourself busy. It doesn't matter what you do. Anything! Avoid daydreaming.
3.    Drink Caffeine in moderation if you don’t have high blood pressure, caffeine improves alertness.
4.    Stop taking Drugs/Alcohol/Intoxicants etc. if one is taking it, since you lose your mind alertness.
5.    Hydrate well: Drink water slowly to stay alert, and keep yourself hydrated.
6.    Look around: Time to time look around when it is possible and safe.
7.   Sleep Habits: Adopt Healthy Sleep Habits. Avoiding drinking caffeine later in the evening, shutting off electronics preferably an hour before bedtime and avoiding vigorous exercise too close to bedtime.
8.    Snacking: Keep snacking crunchy even though you ate a meal e.g., sunflower seeds.
9.    Time off: Take 5 minutes break every hour wherever possible.
10.  Open Windows if outside is not too cold or too hot to get more oxygen.

Additional Tips to stay AWAKE while Driving in Addition to Above Mentioned Tips:

1.    If driving with other people, alternate drivers and sleep while you're not driving.
2.    Don't use Cruise Control. You must try to keep your body as busy as possible.
3.    Driving while Drowsy/Sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated!
4.   Many prescription and over-the-counter Medications list Drowsiness as a common side effect. Do not drive while taking these Medications as you could Doze Off and lose control of the car.
5.    Take a Friend on the passenger seat so they could keep you company and talk to so you won't doze off.
6.    Avoid driving between Midnight and 6 AM.
7.    Listen to really fast, energetic & LOUD Music/Nasheed that you hate. Avoid relaxing music,
8.   If driving alone and all method fails - Pull the Car Over in a Safe Area and take a Short Nap or and Walk Around. Physical activity will get the Blood Circulating. Make sure at nighttime, you are parked near a spot with light and people, to keep crooks away from you.
9.    Rest/Sleep: For long drive, make sure you get plenty of Sleep prior to the trip to ensure your alertness.
10.  Don't Rush. Better to arrive at your destination safe than on time.
11.  Periodically Shake Your Head from side to side and take a deep breath. Slap your own face if you need.
12.  Sing Along with the radio or have a conversation with someone in the car or Scream Loud.
13.  Open a Window. A Strong, Sold Wind in your face can help you stay alert.

AWAKE-AWAKE-AWAKE: Ummah needs to get Awake by taking guidance from the Quraan.

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