For whatever reason, whether it be work, school, partying, or even just game nights, sometimes it calls for all nighters. All nighters aren’t meant to be easy. The human body needs sleep to recover, grow, and function. Putting your body through sleepless nights is depriving it of it’s essential needs. So, to help make your night easier, we have a survival guide:
Drink Lots of Fluids
Not just any fluids, but either healthy smoothies or tons of water. First off, you’ll have to pee a lot…. All night… Meaning you can’t sleep because you need to go to the washroom. But the point is, water is very important for your body. There are so many benefits to drinking water. However specific to not sleeping, you need water to help energize your muscles. It helps balance your bodily fluids and electrolytes. And a bonus you won’t scare people in the morning looking like a zombie because it helps moisturize your skin.
Skip the Caffeine
I know a lot of you are avid caffeine drinkers and you can’t start the day without it. However, it’s important to keep in mind that caffeine does give you a crash. Crashes are the last thing you want when you’re trying to stay up all night. Try some carb- heavy fruits like: apples, berries, and watermelon. Your body naturally burns carbs for energy. Eating fruits also has minimal to no crash at the end. Also, because these are fruits, they are very dense in water. Two in one? Hell yeah.
Stretching helps increase your blood flow. It helps increase your concentration and senses, making you maximize your time awake. There’s no point in staying awake if you’re going to do nothing all night. It also helps energize your body. Try stretching every hour for 5 minutes, to give yourself a break. If your muscles are tense, spend some extra time on it. Nobody wants to feel a stiff old hag.
Know Your Environment
Work in a well lit room. When your environment is bright, it tricks your body into thinking it’s still day time even though it’s night time outside your window. It also makes you focus more because your senses are more alert. If you’re working in a dim room, you’re prone to falling asleep- defeating the purpose of an all nighter. You should also make sure you’re comfortable, but not too comfortable. Don’t do work on a bed, comfy couch, or futon. Try to aim for a table with a good height, and a sturdy chair. If you feel too uncomfortable, then sleeping is not an option!
According to ASAP Science, 30 minutes is the ideal amount of time you should nap to increase productivity, cognitive function, memory, and creativity. 30 minutes allows you to enter into the first two stages of the sleep cycle, allowing you to ignore external non dangerous stimuli. Sounds pretty peaceful to me. Any longer than 30 minutes, you will feel groggy, and want to continue sleeping until the morning. Make sure you time your power naps well and set an alarm. The last thing you want to do is wake up late with no work done.
Setting small milestones or goals prevents procrastination. If you have a list physically noted down somewhere, it motivates you to complete it. It keeps you organized, and you know what you’re prioritized tasks are. It takes out the stress in thinking about what to do next, or what to do first because you just have to go down the checklist. For an extra incentive, give yourself a break after every few tasks, or a snack (who doesn’t like snacks?!). Get your night together because you won’t regret it.
Tell us about your all- nighter experiences!
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