How to Stay Awake All Night

Guide to Pulling an All-Nighter

The biological drive for sleep is so great that you just can’t cheat it, It is as important for life as water, oxygen and food. Indeed, nobody likes skimping on sleep, but chances are you have done it once and you will do it again. Whether to study for an exam, finish an important project, or simply because you got stuck in an airport, pulling an all-nighter is one of those things that happens.
At college years, all-nighters were fun, but after a few years they started to wear on (for some they were never fun :-). Assuming you made it through the night, depending on your body and preparations the day after can be extremely hard to survive! Some people even get a hung-over type feeling once they finally get some sleep after an intense all-nighter, but surviving an all-nighter is a different issue.

Pulling an all-nighter is not a lost war if you do it right. As long as you can properly nourish your body (with both nutritious food and some sleep) to help counter the stress from lack of sleep, having an all nighter every now and then can make a HUGE difference in your exam results.

Healthy Food

The first thing to do is to prepare. Some would say you should prepare the day before, but assuming you don't have the time for much preparations because you probably did not sleep much the nights before, what you should first do is a have a big healthy and rich breakfast. The same at lunch. In fact you should eat well during the day. For dinner you will need to eat the right food so that you are not too heavy and doze off. Remember this will be the last meal you eat before you prepare to stay up all night, so make it count. Avoid greasy or fattening foods that will make you feel bloated or heavy. Instead, eat some chicken or turkey, couscous, whole grain pasta, fruits, and vegetables. Make sure you have some carbohydrates for energy, and some proteins like soy or chicken.

Room Temperature

Keep your room temperature at the right degree. Studies show that we sleep best when the room is cool, probably around 65 degrees. No wonder than that most of us do not want to get up from bed in the winter. If you need to stay awake, the solution is to find a not-too-cool, not-too-hot sweet spot. Keeping the temperature around 75 degrees should keep you alert, and also prevent any heat related drowsiness.

Caffeine and Caffeine Alternatives

Remember if you did not avoid heavily caffeinated or sugary foods and drunk coffee all day or eat sugary snacks like candy, then you'll be crashing and ready for bed after dinner! Keep the “big guns” to the evening time when you are naturally feeling more sleepy.
Once you reach the time of night when you naturally go to sleep it is time to take your energy boosters out. Be strategic with your coffee or energy drink and you’ll get an extended boost in alertness. Most people need about 100 milligrams (mg) to 200 mg of caffeine, depending on their body-weight (coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine in a 5-ounce cup, though the content varies based on the strength of the brew.) Over-the-counter caffeine pills also are available in 100 mg or 200 mg doses.
It takes about 15 to 30 minutes for you to feel the effect of the caffeine, and the benefit will last for three to four hours. If you plan strategically to use the caffeine every few hours, you can keep yourself at a pretty good level of performance.
While coffee makes university life and businesses turn round, you can’t subsist on lattes and Americanos for long. Try some of these healthy alternatives to coffee to give your study brain a boost.

Date Seed Coffee

A delicious and healthy coffee substitute that is growing in popularity.
Modern research have shown that the date seed could be used as a medicinal food. The date seed contains glucomannan, which helped to normalize blood sugar, relieved stress on the pancreas, and discouraged blood sugar abnormalities such as hypoglycaemia and prevented many chronic diseases.Furthermore, Rahman & Al–Kharusi, 2004 showed in their research that Date–pits contain amino acids and hormones that could help improve memory. The best of all it is a serious caffeine-free energy booster that can keep you all night without the “jitters” that come after drinking caffeinated drinks.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a type of yeast that can be fermented with tea, sugar, and other flavors to make an energizing hot beverage. While the benefits of Kombucha are debated, many claim that it is useful for treating memory loss, the perfect sell for exam time coffee substitutes!

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries, and the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. Yerba Mate provides a wealth of nutrients however unlike the other alternatives we mentioned here, Yerba mate is exploding with caffeine for those who can't start the day without a cup o' caffeine. It is also packed with nutrients and is widely known for not having the heavy "crash" that coffee can bring.

Keep the lights on!

Often we find bright light unpleasant and will deliberately dim down the light. Instead, if you want to survive staying alert all night, you should turn lights on and even step out into the sunshine – well, assuming you live in Alaska.
Do some exercise. If you move your body, there’s automatic feedback from your muscles that goes to the central mechanism of the brain to improve alertness.

Take A Nap

Last but not least. We know this is about how to stay up all night, but if you can, even a 20-minute nap is better than nothing. The maximum nap you should take is between 60-90 minutes. Otherwise you will get into a sleep wave you really do not want to find yourself if you wish to continue staying up.
Good luck!

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