All Nighter’s Do’s and Don’ts
If you are exceptionally on top of your studies, you may never have to experience the all too iconic “all-nighter.” But if you do find yourself cramming for a test or need to stay up all night reading a chapter or finishing up a project, it’s important that you do this the right way. Continue reading below to discover what these ‘right ways’ are. Just keep in mind that frequent all-nighters may lead you to grow ill and spend some money on visiting a physician or nurse practitioner!
The first thing you need to do is prepare your body to stay up all night. As the name suggests, a true all nighter lasts all night. This means staying up until 5 or 6 in the morning, not midnight. This can be almost impossible to do if you do not give yourself time to rest beforehand. So make sure that you get the proper 8 hours of sleep the night before and take a nap the day you plan on having your all nighter. Even a short 30 minute nap will help you find the strength to stay up all night. With that said it’s important that you do not rely on caffeinated beverages and or energy drinks to help you stay up all night either. While it’s true that these stimulants can make you more alert, they only work for a short period of time and will result in you crashing early on. Instead eat healthy snacks like apples that are known to give you an instant boost of energy. It’s also a good idea to drink lots of water. Caffeine dehydrates you which will eventually give you a sleepy feeling, whereas water does the complete opposite. It hydrates you which will make you more alert. Water will also make you go to the restroom more frequently, which will surely keep you awake.
Another way to stay awake is to make sure that you choose a good, highly lit room to study. Avoid studying on a comfy bed or couch. Your best bet is to find a semi-hard sturdy chair that will make you study up right. If you start feeling the tiredness set in, take a moment to walk around and do a few stretches and exercises. This kind of activity will let oxygen into your body which can make you more alert.
Lastly, if you plan on having an all nighter it’s best that you tackle the most important and hardest assignments first. This is because if you do end up falling asleep, at least you completed the assignments that will affect your grade the most.