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Tips For Surviving An All-Nighter?  
User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1639 posts, RR: 20
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

Hi all,

I'm currently halfway through my first all-nighter, studying my arse off for a Calculus exam at 8am tomorrow (today). Thus far I've been doing alright, though I still have about 5 hours to go until the test. I've been assisted so far by 19 hours of sleep last night (I know, I was feeling especially lazy), a cup of chai tea at about 10pm, and a Red Bull (mistake!) at 11:30. I think I'm going to make a mug of hot chocolate now, having taken a brief break from studying to walk around the dorm and go online briefly.

Any tips or tricks you use toward sunrise to give yourself the last bit of energy to push through?

-N243NW Big grin


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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

I'm working on my 4th all-nighter in the past 10 days. If it's the first time you've done it I'd drink a lot of coffee, that's how I used to get by. But I pull them so often now it's no problem. The more you do them, the easier they get. I also used to like to keep my room cold, A/C or a window cracked open in the winter seems to help me.

Good luck with the exam!


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
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Quoting N243NW (Thread starter):

Shouldnt be sleep the best way to be prepared for a test? I usually stopped studying at 6pm the day before my exam! then just relaxed and had a good sleep at night so that I can be relaxed when starting the test  Wink

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User currently offlineJCKastrup From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4168 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 2):
Shouldnt be sleep the best way to be prepared for a test? I usually stopped studying at 6pm the day before my exam! then just relaxed and had a good sleep at night so that I can be relaxed when starting the test

Depends on people. My brain literally wakes up and goes into almost Einstein mode at night. Therefore the bulk of my studies was done at night. Also the fact that it's quiet helps.

Some bodies accept it better than others. To the thread starter, the solution is very very easy. Just drink coffee. If you're not accustomed to coffee, it'll keep you in hyper mode for hours.


I used to sleep at 10pm or go out, and wake up (or come back) at 2am, have a mild coffee and study. Perhaps 10 times a year for 5 years.. and maybe 5 times a year for the other five years...

Good luck. Golden days.. (but for other reasons!)
Kay


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4163 times:



Quoting Kay (Reply 4):
Depends on people. My brain literally wakes up and goes into almost Einstein mode at night. Therefore the bulk of my studies was done at night. Also the fact that it's quiet helps.

Some bodies accept it better than others. To the thread starter, the solution is very very easy. Just drink coffee. If you're not accustomed to coffee, it'll keep you in hyper mode for hours.

I'm like you, except that I wouldn't ever use the word Einstein and my brain in the same sentence. But I generally start doing my school work between 10pm and 11pm and then work through 7am to 8am. I generally go to bed as the sun is coming up.

Coffee no longer works for me, but I'm just so used to staying up for 30 hour stretches that it's pretty simple.


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4159 times:
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Quoting Kay (Reply 4):
Depends on people. My brain literally wakes up and goes into almost Einstein mode at night. Therefore the bulk of my studies was done at night. Also the fact that it's quiet helps.

Yeah, true! but the night BEFORE the test?! isnt it a little late to do an all nighter to study the rest? You should be prepared by that already Big grin
man, I sound like my parents  Wow!

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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8219 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4152 times:

Invite the girlfriend over for study relief and a good shower quickie before going off to the exam....oh wait, this is a.net.


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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4145 times:



Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 5):
I'm like you, except that I wouldn't ever use the word Einstein and my brain in the same sentence. But I generally start doing my school work between 10pm and 11pm and then work through 7am to 8am. I generally go to bed as the sun is coming up.

Yep, that's how it's done!  Smile Sounds like me.
Note: I said "almost Einstein"  Silly Not to be taken too seriously.

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 6):
Yeah, true! but the night BEFORE the test?! isnt it a little late to do an all nighter to study the rest? You should be prepared by that already

You're absolutely right. I'd start chapters that other students had long gone over several times already, and were now fast asleep. But I always was a last minute kind of person, especially because it somehow worked well.
In the working life, of course, this doesn't happen often anymore, if at all.

Kay


User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 980 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

*I will not sound like my parents* *I will not sound like my parents* *I will not sound like my parents*.....

Drink a cup of coffee.  coffee  Then chase it down with a glass of real orange juice (no punch) a few minutes later. (Wait a few minutes so the orange juice doesn't curdle with the cream in your coffee.)

Alternate between coffee and orange juice all night (have something light to eat 1/2 way through) and the following day and you should remain sharp and awake. Don't eat anything heavy or with to many carbohydrates. (Although I don't think I could this that now.... I'm just too sane- or old!)

The reason for this is that the way caffeine works in coffee is that it affects your liver, the great sump in your body. Once the caffeine enters your bloodstream, it flushes out the sugar that's sitting in your liver- giving you that temporary rush of being awake.

Then, to avoid the post-coffee crash, drink a glass of orange juice within a few minutes of having your coffee. Now your liver detects too much sugar in your bloodstream because of the sugar it just released plus the sugars in the juice and extracts the excess sugar out and stores it. Now you have a new surplus supply of pure sugar waiting in your liver for the next cup of coffee.

After a while the coffee no longer has the same effect and simply makes you feel crappy because.... there's no sugar left in your liver and you now have nothing left in the liver to bind with the caffeine. It just makes you feel yucky and you get the shakes.

I went 24 hours+ sometimes on this formula and for the most part, although my reaction time was somewhat slower when I was getting up to 36 hours (I felt somewhat lethargic), I felt pretty good and could function well.  thumbsup 

So it's just a matter of alternating between coffee and orange juice. I'd just not recommend doing it too often.... (Doh! Did I just sound like my parents?!)

I am really, really surprised that students (especially biology or chemistry students) don't know or at least share this....


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

Avoid Coffee.
I work Nights from last 11 yrs.
Have a lot of Water.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

Drink a lot. Prefer tea to coffee.

Take a walk. The colder it is, the better.

Stay away from other people, especially your girlfriend. Don't even think of sex. Don't study on your bed, it'll exercise an irresistible pull on your body. Don't masturbate - it'll only make you sleepier. (Anyway, sex of any kind is pretty much impossible when your head is full of calculus. ) Don't turn on any music. When taking a break, don't surf the internet.

Break a leg.

[Edited 2007-12-07 09:35:17]

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4049 times:



Quoting Czbbflier (Reply 9):
So it's just a matter of alternating between coffee and orange juice.

Sounds interesting! Could you elaborate on how many "few minutes" you'd recommend to take in between coffee and juice? Surely you won't study a lot if you gotta rush to the toilet every 20mins Big grin



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User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

I love all-nighters...though my body hates me for 'em. Usually I like to study at night because it's just so quiet and peaceful Big grin I'm currently entering my final exams week (woot! woot!) and I'm totally prepared for numerous all nighters!  tongue  I figure I can sleep on the 4-hr flight from SMF to JFK once I'm done with all of my exams...LOL!

I take energy shots (half bottle every 2.5 hrs) and drink lots of water. I also have a bad habit of smoking but then nicotine keeps me awake so...whatever.  Smile

This is what I went through this past week...3 all nighters (to do two research papers, one legal argment paper, and two "midterms" the week before finals) Big grin I drink a bottle during the day to make sure I don't fall asleep in lectures.

Caution: It's extremely unhealthy...but if that can get me an A or B in class, I'm all for it  tongue !!

P.S. LAST YEAR OF COLLEGE! YIPEE!!




I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4043 times:



Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Don't even think of sex.



Quoting Toast (Reply 11):
Don't masturbate - it'll only make you sleepier

WTF Big grin whenever I studied it never came to my mind to get in on. Big grin


My advise is not to overuse coffee or any other caffeine drink. Vitamin C is a very good alternate. I always drink a lot of Vit C during my nightshifts at work and it works perfect.  Smile Never sit to long ( as Toast mentioned) walk around and leave the window open for fresh air. All the best and have fun.  Smile


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4031 times:



Quoting Foppishbum (Reply 13):
I take energy shots (half bottle every 2.5 hrs) and drink lots of water. I also have a bad habit of smoking but then nicotine keeps me awake so...whatever.

This is what I went through this past week...

When you're young everything is possible, but I hope one day in 5 years you'll look back and say "what a load of crap on that table!!!!!!"  Smile

Kay


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4022 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 14):
WTF Big grin whenever I studied it never came to my mind to get in on.

I tried everything in college. Big grin


User currently offlineFoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4020 times:



Quoting Kay (Reply 15):
When you're young everything is possible, but I hope one day in 5 years you'll look back and say "what a load of crap on that table!!!!!!

LOL! I know Big grin This energy shot thingy is supposedly considered better alternative cus it actually don't have that much caffeine. The content is mostly vitamin B6 and B12 (of course, there are taurine and some crap in there too) LOL! I'm hoping after I'm done with my undergrad, I won't have to pull these crap again! Big grin But then law school might require more.  sigh 



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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3993 times:



Quoting JCKastrup (Reply 3):
red bul - red bull - red bull - red bull

Mushroom mushroom..



Honestly, I have to say PEPSI and loads of it

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User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Before I hit the hay last night, I had received about 10 hours of sleep in the last 65 hours. Nothing like finishing the semester to put you into that Chritsmas spirit!  Yeah sure I highly reccomend loud music, coffee, some coffee, more coffee, and a little bit more coffee when pulling an all nighter. And mix it strong! You'll have to get up and pee a lot, but the action of getting up and walking around does much to keep you awake. Also, don't do your homework in your bed! I would prop myself up with a pillow and do homework, but everytime I would just fall asleep and wake up to my alarm hours later. Good luck until Christmas break! I am working my rear off, about to fall asleep, and my weekend is going to be no more leisurely than the rest of my week!  Sad I just wanna hibernate and wake up in the spring!

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27232 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

I used to leave the windows open and make sure I got cold air which kept me awake. Also strong coffee and Pro plus tablets ( I know its not PC) but it did the trick !! A mate of mine used to smoke herbal cigarettes and said it helped him !!

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3957 times:



Quoting Kay (Reply 4):
Depends on people. My brain literally wakes up and goes into almost Einstein mode at night. Therefore the bulk of my studies was done at night. Also the fact that it's quiet helps.

Just how I am working through my degree currently. I start work about 10/11pm and my brain is 'on fire' intil about 7/8am when I usually hit the hay or go onto my 8 in 48 sleep pattern.

For an all nighter you must avoid alcohol at all costs, will only make you tired and dehydrated. Coffee is good for a quick fix, but will leave you tired afterwards, instead drink lots of water and try to keep your sugar levels high by perhaps snacking on some chocolate.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

Fresh air, fresh air and more fresh air...no matter how cold. (An open window is healthier for you anyway than being in a locked-up place breathing stale air)


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User currently offlineImiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

A lot of good advice. My only suggestion is don't be tempted to lie down in bed. I had the displeasure of waking up 30 min after my A-level history exam had started.  Sad

User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

I've pulled quite a few all nighters. Although many people need caffeine, there are many much better, ways to stay up id you have a test coming up. While caffeine does improve short term memory, more complex functions are inhibited. While caffeine helps you focus, it locks the brain in whatever is being focused on, and anything outside that train of thought becomes much harder to recall.

If you know that you're going to be doing complex things on a test (Instead of, say, multiple choice.), or dealing with abstract thoughts, it's probably best not to overload on caffeine.

Here are some good ideas:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 21):

For an all nighter you must avoid alcohol at all costs, will only make you tired and dehydrated. Coffee is good for a quick fix, but will leave you tired afterwards, instead drink lots of water and try to keep your sugar levels high by perhaps snacking on some chocolate.



Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
I used to leave the windows open and make sure I got cold air which kept me awake.

Anyway, if you aren't addicted, you can pull all nighters without the help of drugs. Good luck anyway. (To me also, blast finals!)


25 RJ111 : The only tip i can offer for doing an all nighter, is learn not to need to do one again.
26 Post contains images LTU932 : Too much Red Bull makes me hyper. Signed, Kunoichi
27 Scottieprecord : LMAO. Ryan, I did the same last night studying for my Theatre final (I know what you're thinking, but I was close to a C in the class... didn't really
28 Post contains images N243NW : Thanks so much for the input, everyone! I can't agree more. I never want to pull one of those again. Although I was able to study all night with the h
29 Post contains images N1120A : Tea tea huh? Works double that way? Actually, that stuff isn't particularly unhealthy at all, and it works Total agreement, but I would add that the
30 Post contains images GQfluffy : Ahhhh....One all-nighter this semester....that was a few nights ago... Went to bed...layed there...thinking about my project...got up...and worked on
31 Eaa3 : I can't do math while tired so I don't study math after 9 pm. I always try to get enough sleep before exams. Especially math exams. I have a calculus
32 MCOflyer : A lot of water and garnola bars. Hunter
33 Post contains images BR715-A1-30 : Sleep... The most underrated college activity..
34 Post contains images Mike89406 : The only time I have done an all nighter is when I had to turn in a term paper and homework portfolio for the semester in my college english class tha
35 Post contains images N243NW : Whoops...thanks for catching that! Thanks Jake...I should use that more. -N243NW
36 FlyDeltaJets87 : Here's an honest survival tip- avoid all-nights in the future. I'm a junior at ERAU. I've never pulled an all-nighter for studying for a test and only
37 CaptOveur : I work midnights.. So I pull an all nighter every night. My advice is this: -Avoid energy drinks until absolutely necessary.. The crash is worse than
38 57AZ : Don't do all nighters. Next semester keep up with the workload and work on memorization of equations or other important data. I did both my BS and MS
39 Post contains images FLY2HMO : I'm just gonna put it this way: the least I stress out about a test, the better I do. I NEVER do all nighters, the stress and lack of proper rest does
40 Post contains images BR715-A1-30 : Yes you should
41 Captaink : Man I don't recommend doing and all night then going to do a Calculus exam. The key to passing most Math exams, is doing practice exercises over a str
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