How many times have you been stuck in a situation that you are left with no option but to stay awake the whole night? There can be a lot of reasons like you have not completed your syllabus for the test that’s going to happen the next day or because of workload, or you have to finish your favorite web series or movie. Although it is not a good idea at all, sometimes, it’s just unavoidable. Whatever be the reason, here are some tips to pull an all-nighter (help you to stay awake the whole night).
1. Tidy Your Room
Clean your room very neatly before you start your work. This will create a motivating and positive environment. If you are about to study or work, arrange everything required like books, laptops, pens, highlighters, etc. on the desk and then go for it.
2. Brighten Up Your Room
Switch on all the lights in the room so that you won’t feel lethargic. Your sleep cycle is affected by the lights in your environment. In the darkness, our body releases a hormone called melatonin, which helps us to fall asleep, but by keeping the lights on the whole night, we can trick our bodies.
3. Stay Hydrated
Since you would not be sleeping the whole night, you will feel tired and exhausted after some hours. Drinking plenty of water will make you more alert and less fatigued. Also, you will have to go to pee frequently, which will also help you in staying awake.
4. Use Of Caffeinated Beverages
A cup of tea or coffee can be a lifesaving idea to survive the whole night. However, too much consumption can make you sluggish later, so it’s better to have just 2-3 cups of these beverages.
5. Frequent Breaks
You should break your task into smaller parts so that you won’t feel burdened and take regular breaks after finishing each part. Meanwhile, you can play a game, sing or play any musical instrument if you use to or do anything which will help you relax a bit.
6. Use Of A Table And A Chair
Don’t just start doing your work on your bed or sofa. Use a proper table and a chair; otherwise, you will get too comfortable and may end up sleeping. It will help you study with more concentration, and you will do your work more efficiently.
7. Chewing Gums
Chewing gums will involve your facial muscles and thus will help you to stay awake and aware all night. It’s better to keep some minted chewing gums with you as it will help you more by keeping you refreshed.
8. Keep Some Snacks
It’s quite obvious that you will crave for something to munch on as you are going to stay awake the whole night. Keep some healthy snacking options like almonds, peanuts, dark chocolates, bananas, etc. that will give you energy, and you will work efficiently. Avoid heavy meals as it will make you sleepy.
9. Listen To Some Upbeat Music
When you feel you are about to crash, put your headphones on, and turn on some upbeat songs. This is a great idea, and trust me, I have had so many sleepless nights with my favorite songs turned on. You can even dance to it.
10. Pick Difficult Works First
In the initial few hours, you would be the most active, and thus picking difficult tasks in the first hours would be a great idea, isn’t it? Later after midnight, you would feel drained and would be left with little energy, so doing something that you are interested in would result in a better outcome.
11. Set Alarms
Set alarms for every hour or so. Just in case you fall asleep, these alarms will be a constant reminder for you. Also, you can get up and take a break with every alarm.
12. Power Naps
Short power naps of 15-30 minutes once or twice can be very helpful to re-energize you until and unless you are a heavy sleeper. If you are a heavy sleeper, then please skip this as you may wake up straight in the morning as you go for a nap.
13. Exposure To Blue Light
Electronic gadgets like phones, laptops, computers, television, LED lights, etc. emit blue light, which interferes with our sleep. This blue light suppresses the production of melatonin and thus hinders our sleep. You can play video games or scroll through social media for a few minutes in between your work.
14. Stay Active
During the breaks, try to do little exercises like some jumping jacks or some squats or some crunches. You can even skip a rope or climb the stairs or just dance a bit. Exercising increases blood circulation and also releases endorphins.
15. Wash Your Face
Wash your face with cold water very often to stay awake. Brushing your teeth or taking a cold shower would also be a good idea. If you are just about to fall asleep, just go and splash some cold water on your face.