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How to pull an all nighter hopefully without your family noticing 101
by someone who unfortunately did it the other day
(this probably shouldn’t go under adult tips but hey sometimes you need to do it 🤷♀️)
Note: this is my experience with doing it for assignments
Three important things first
- Don’t do it if you don’t need to. Sleep is so important and you’re really going to feel the effects afterwards, and it won’t just be better because of one night’s sleep. This shouldn’t be something you plan, it should be a last ditch effort.
- Don’t drive after you’ve done this. Driving while sleep deprived is very dangerous, it can even be worse than driving drunk. Get an uber, public transport, taxi etc.
- Don’t pull an all nighter to study for a test/exams that are memory-based. You need sleep to commit things to memory. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can the next day. I know that’s hard if you’re freaking out but that’s just the way it works.
Ok here are my top tips:
- Have some snacks in your room - try and go for things that aren’t too sugary or junky so you don’t feel lethargic. Popcorn, roasted chickpeas, nuts stuff like that are good.
- Make yourself some coffee. I put a sachet of coffee and some sugar in my drawer during the day and then when everyone’s gone to bed I get some hot water, mix the instant coffee and sugar and pour it into a big cup of milk. Horrified coffee drinkers please don’t judge, I’m not a coffee person 😛 Have a bit every now and then when you need some more energy and try to make it last the night.
- Nap during the day if you can, around 20 minutes is good
- Put a towel at the crack at the bottom of your door to stop light getting out
- Keep your lights off but have some brightness on your computer because it will help keep you awake
- When you need a break off your desk or wherever you’re working do something different. I normally lie on my bed to rest my back and watch an episode of a funny show on an iPad (at full brightness) with headphones on.
- Know that you’re not going to be as productive as you usually are and plan for it. You’re tired, you’ve been going for a long time, you’re probably sick of sitting in a chair. Sometimes it can get down to half an hour working, half an hour taking a break. Plan for it.
- Take advantage of the fact that we’re all in different time zones on here and tell a friend you’re doing this. This was the first time I did that and I was super lucky to have a really encouraging friend to help me keep going.
- If you’re on a roll don’t stop just because you’ve worked for a certain period of time, stay in the flow and keep going until you need a break.
- If you’re not being very productive but you don’t want to take a break yet (every time you take one it’s that bit harder to get back up and go back to work) try and do something that you need to do that takes up less brain power. For example referencing - it’s certainly not fun but it’s something you’ll have to do eventually and you’re not thinking critically like you are when you’re writing the assignment.
- Back-up your work!! This is so important. Have a usb or two that you back-up to very regularly plus google drive or something like that. My laptop crashed the other night and it freaked me out but luckily I had a back-up of my work and didn’t lose much.
- Don’t leave referencing to the last second, it always takes longer than you think it will. Always. Doing it along the way will make things a lot more manageable.
- Think about when your family gets up in the morning so you can avoid them finding out if you need to. It might mean you need to stop working but it can also mean an hour of sleep.
- In the morning have a good breakfast. I normally go for some eggs.
- The next day you’re going to be a bit ok and a bit useless. Basically when you’re sleep deprived you can do complex tasks ok but simple tasks go to shit. And if you have classes that day you’re going to struggle. Try and take this into account if you can when you’re planning on doing the all nighter. You’ll have some moments when you think hey you know what I’m feeling ok I’ve felt worse on 5 hours of sleep but you’ll also be microsleeping which are basically very very short periods where you’re sleeping with your eyes open.
- Do your best to get at least 8 hours of sleep (if not more) in the few days after if possible.
So wow this got long 😛 hope that helps anyone who ever needs to do it.
Thanks for celebrating with me lovely 💛
PS sorry this took a long time to do, things have been a bit hectic