How to stay awake in meetings and avoid getting fired!

How to Stay Awake in Meetings and Avoid Getting Fired!

Falling asleep or losing concentration in meetings can be serious. You could lose respect from colleagues, miss out on valuable information or even risk losing your job.

Below are a few of our top tips on how to avoid nodding off in front of everyone.


1  Get an early night

Get some sleep!

It may sound obvious, yet many people still under-sleep. A lack of sleep can cause problems such as drowsiness, anxiousness and even lowered immune response.


2  Take notes

Taking notes will keep you alert!

Taking notes during meetings may keep you going. Not only will you have something to look back on afterwards, but it will keep your mind active. You will also look more engaged which could win you points with the boss.


3  Get involved!

Think of something to say!

Talking of being more engaged, nothing says I’m listening in this meeting more than interacting.

By getting involved you will be stimulating your brain and your cardiovascular system and this will make sure you won’t fall victim to the Sandman.


4  Stretch your legs

Time for some gentle execise!

Find an excuse to stand up and move around. Find an appropriate moment and take a trip to the toilets or pour yourself a coffee. The exercise will get your blood pumping and stimulate your nervous system.


5  Lift your feet up off the floor*

Put your feet up!

If walking around isn’t an option or you have played that card too many times, you can get the same effect (if not better) from lifting your feet off the floor (by one inch) and holding.

It’s more physically challenging than you think!

Because it is an isometric exercise (any exercise that involves a static contraction). It causes the heart to work much harder (due to it’s intensity).

*Don’t attempt this if you suffer high blood pressure.


The final word…

How do you stay awake?

Meetings at work can be plain boring sometimes and you may often feel like closing your eyes for just a minute. Don’t!

Instead try our top tips and see how they work for you.

If you frequently have problems staying awake during the day this could be a sign of a more serious problem and should be discussed with your GP.

We’d like to know…
Have you ever drifted off at work?
Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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Posted on: November 25, 2014, by Michael Kirk

4 responses to “How to stay awake in meetings and avoid getting fired!”

  1. Even outside of meetings, keeping awake and alert is key to personal performance. For me, getting an early night is the most important one and the one I struggle with most! It’s also essential to be consistent with getting early nights, in much of the same way that it’s important to be consistent in eating well to remaining healthy and being consistent with your communication methods to build good relationships and trust with colleagues and clients.

    I’ve tried lifting my feet off the ground… I’m not sure I feel more awake but it’s definitely pointing out that I’ve got some work to do on my core strength!!

  2. Abigail Chappel says:

    I’ve definitely found that when you’re feeling tired or as though you’re going to struggle to concentrate taking notes is a good way to refocus yourself. I’ve found that your thoughts are less likely to drift off on different tangents and it helps to keep you aware of what is being said.

  3. Andrew Atkin says:

    Timing of meetings is important, but something it’s not always possible to have control over. For me, after lunch is often the worst possible time for meetings; if you’ve had a good lunch it can really work against you.

    For meetings in general I find it helpful to sit back and concentrate on observing anything and everything without comment – just take it all in. This not only helps to keep you awake, but it also gives you time to listen to what people are really saying and observe body language as decisions are made. By watching closely you can see who responds positively and those who seem resistant – this can put you one step ahead and help to address issues before they arise.

  4. Michael J says:

    Eat well, sleep well and exercise – for me that’s the key. Don’t normally feel the need to snooze at work, in meetings or otherwise so I must be on the right track!

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