All-Nighter

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    Oct 30, 2007 8:16 PM GMT
    Hey y'all,

    I am in need of pulling an all-nighter or two (or three) over the course of the next week and a half. I was wondering if you guys knew of any tips to keep me both awake and alert all night and still remain healthy, that is, not dying by the time this is all over.

    So, aside from catching up on sleep when I can, are there any other things I can do?

    Mucho thanks,

    Liam
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    Oct 30, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    Whenever I had to do all-nighters, I knew I was in trouble cuz I never had them down.

    The best way is if you have someone else who's doing the same work, ideally the same project, so you have each other to keep you up. This was by far the most successful way; there's something about the energy of not letting down your partner that keeps you going and having another mind to catch inevitable mistakes also keeps you on your toes.

    Legal ingestible solutions that work well for many people include coffee and Red Bull. Look for things with caffeine (coke helps).
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    Oct 30, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
    I pulled a few all nighters during finals weeks. I found that forcing myself to take a few short naps (and subsequently forcing myself to wake up with multiple alarm clocks) was the best way to make it through the night.

    I've read that a 15-20 minute nap is the right amount of time to refresh your body without reaching the deeper part of the sleeping cycle - so when you wake up you just feel refreshed and not drowsy.

    To increase the effects of these naps, you can drink an energy drink or coffee right before you sleep. It takes about 15 minutes for the caffeine to kick in - so about the time you wake up from your snooze you will get the energy burst from the drink.

    Hope this helps.
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    Oct 30, 2007 9:32 PM GMT
    Asupas threw in part of the advice I was going to give. Those short naps are crucial for staying up that long.

    While caffeine is great and all, you'll do better if you're constantly drinking water; and I mean constantly. Always have a big glass of water around. That was one of the better pieces of advice my field director told me while working on campaigns, because water doesn't give you the crash that caffeine does once it runs out.
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    Oct 30, 2007 11:07 PM GMT
    Tips from the campaign trail.

    My favorite All-Nighter friends:

    - Power naps (keep a sleeping bag under your desk)
    - ICE Cold showers and clean clothes (at least 3 sets)
    - Bottled Water (Lots of it)
    - STRONG Black Coffee (Unlimited supply for just before going into the really important test or meetings)
    - Fast paced pop music (in the background)
    - MR's with lots of berries and /or Vanilla
    - A very loud and annoying alarm clock put someplace you can't just turn it off easily.

    Avoid anything chocolate
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    Oct 30, 2007 11:49 PM GMT
    In the short run, make sure to set multiple alarm clocks. If you're prepping for an exam, I suggest showing up to the exam room early--that way if you fall asleep, someone will be there to wake you up. I suggest avoiding much in the way of caffeine, as the crashes will be bad for you.

    In the longer run, consider your scheduling. Multiple all-nighters in one week can result in your work suffering from the sleep deprivation.
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    Oct 31, 2007 12:06 AM GMT
    Dude, what you do wit your daytime? Why a need to pull an allnighter?
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    Oct 31, 2007 10:09 AM GMT
    I have a script for pre-contest week. It's Provigil.

    Invented for NASA, for space walks, it works directly on the brain, and not on the adrenal circuit (you don't have to poddy, which is a pain in a space suit).

    Find out more by Googling or, visit:

    http://www.provigil.com/

    Beware, it's pricey: about $7.00 per pill at Costco. I generally only take 1/2 of a pill.

    It's not like amphetamines. It works via a completely different pathway.
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    Oct 31, 2007 1:42 PM GMT
    Ironically enough I'm preparing for an all nighter tonight. At least I have the day off so that I can go into it prepared. My one piece of advice is to beware of 2 am. It seems that right around that time there's a slump and a hump that you need to get over. If you can fight the urge to go to sleep, or at least just take a power nap, then you can usually overcome. Coffee is more effective than Red Bull, as 1) Red Bull has lots of unnessesary sugars in it, and 2) coffee has more caffine the stronger it's made, and Red Bull only has as much caffine as a weak cup of coffee. A few tricks to keeping coherant the next day:

    -- Eat throughout the night. Not gonna lie, I have a mixture of health food and junk food. While I try and eat healthily, but I generally keep a bag of Twizzlers around.

    -- Keep busy and to the normal routine. Obviously on a night light with sleep will make you tired, but just keep to your normal schedule, and make sure you get to bed early.
  • stevarino7

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    Oct 31, 2007 2:34 PM GMT
    I just did an all nighter this week. My method(part of it is now superstition when it comes to studying for tests) is to drink coke and have a pint of ben and jerry's. I usually last the whole night - though it isn't the healthiest thing to eat. I tend to have my hard time at 4.

    Good luck!
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:50 PM GMT
    At FIT we had to do quite a few all-nighters (because to our Prof. Perfect wasn't good enough) so a few of us used to take a quick 20 min Jog to get the blood pumping.

    It seemed to work. I tend to think eating a lot during an all nighter slows ya down!
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    Nov 01, 2007 1:36 AM GMT
    Ah, great tips. I tried to avoid the internet all last night so I wouldn't become distracted, but I guess I should have waited for more of a response. I definitely passed out around 2 PM today and missed a class. But, now I am up for round 2 tonight.

    As for what am I doing during the day time, I'm either in class or at work. After work I am usually in the library til around 2, but there is such a huge workload for one of my classes right now that I need to sacrifice something. Apparently, today I had to sacrifice child psychology. It happens, I guess...

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    Nov 01, 2007 1:44 AM GMT
    Find a study buddy.

    My sister and I don't study in the same field (nutrition vs hospitality) but midterms and finals come along the same dates so helping eachother study and stay awake is easier than doing it along.

    A good way is to study visual material and read aloud, having more than one sensory imput at a time keeps the brain awake. Plain reading either a text or notes puts you to sleep.

    If a textbook is what your reading then take breaks and play a mind game.
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    Nov 01, 2007 6:50 AM GMT
    Basically I am trying to read a lot of ego docs from the 17th and 18th C. in relation to the criminalization of sodomy and buggery in relation to the night. It's a bitch trying to get through all that literature in addition to all the secondary literature that I need to argue with and/or against. It's really just a matter of reading it all and being able to apply it to this paper. It's hard to really discuss it with anyone because everybody in the class has a very different and very individualized topic.