I’m convinced a lot of us will have some experience of falling asleep in the wrong place or at the wrong moment. We’ve been at a boring meeting or convention, fought to listen as some body droned on uninspirationally, found ourselves semi-dozing at a room that has been airless or overly hot, or sensed we had overindulged at lunch. I have regularly needed to synthesize my TV because of drifting off to sleep before the end of a programme! A number of these situations are understandably sleep-inducing. When a speaker or trainer creates their address in a monotone, arranges each session to carry on interrupted with no break or has a dull message to deliver their important information can be lost as the viewer struggles to pay attention to hearing it. Breaking conferences and demonstrations in to bite-sized balls, maybe involving interactive sections, a picture or a few varied personal work can help to keep everyone else’s interest alert. In addition, it is important to be aware that if you regularly fall asleep in the wrong place it is definitely a sign that all’s not well; there might be a health condition, perhaps you are feeling low, depressed, do too much, or need to take more personal time. If you find that you simply can’t prevent yourself from regularly falling asleep and are finding it tough to keep alert it may be a good idea to arrange a check-up with your health care provider. Medication, diabetes and other health conditions might have to be diagnosed and treated promptly. Also, would you will need to consider if you should be getting enough sleep, the right quality and also are getting to sleep early enough.

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