How to Survive an All Nighter


How to Survive an All Nighter

how to survive an all nighter

It’s crunch time, and you have a report due. Or, perhaps you have an exam you need to study for. Maybe, you have a presentation at work that you need to prepare for last minute.

Surviving an all nighter is not something fun to do, and we do not recommend ever pulling an all nighter. The effects of sleep deprivation are not fun, and can be harmful to your body.

That being said, we do understand that these things are necessary sometimes. How to survive an all nighter does not have as much to do with survival, but with minimizing the potential negative effects.

These are simply tips. Note, I do not have a medical background or degree. Rather, I do have a background in pulling all nighters when necessary!

What to Eat & Drink

If you’re going to consume caffeine, spread it throughout the night and include a LOT of water. You don’t want to over do the caffeine, and you need to stay hydrated. Sugar is your enemy, and will make you crash faster. Try to eat healthy and line up good quality snacks.


Take Naps

Even if you can pull off a 20 minute nap every few hours, this is better than zero sleep. What’s even better is if you can sleep for a full 60-90 minutes at some point.

Temperature & Lighting

Cold temperatures and darkness make our bodies tired. Keep the lights on, and try to keep the temperature around 75-76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don’t Drive

This can be very dangerous. Do NOT drive after pulling an all nighter. Call a cab, take a bus, but do not get behind the wheel. You may even be able to take a nap on the way to and from your destination!

Chew Gum

There are studies that show chewing gum can increase alertness. This is worth doing when you are pulling an all-nighter! Cinnamon gum might even improve your alertness further.

These tips are for informational purposes only. Again, I have no medical degree and have no medical background.


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