So, it’s my third and final year of college, and I’ve made plenty of friends, procrastinated way too much, and gotten nowhere near enough sleep. When it’s midnight and my roommate says, “hey, let’s go to Walmart and get cookie dough,” it’s hard for me to say no to that, no matter how much I need to finish a paper. Or when I have known about a test or other assignment since day one when the syllabus was given to me, but I still wait two months to start studying. What happens in these instances? These awful little but really BIG things called ALL NIGHTERS. I have maybe done this once or twice a semester since I have been in college, and been miserable every time. You would think I would learn, right? WRONG. Anyway, I am convinced that if you follow my tips below, you will be able to get the most out of your all nighter:
1. DON’T DO IT. Run away NOW. Avoid the entire thing.
2. Drink WATER, not coffee! Water keeps you energized the whole time! Coffee makes you crash a couple hours later after the initial caffeine high. Drinking lots of water also helps you stay awake, because you will be running to the restroom every twenty minutes! Also I found that drinking some sort of juice helps. I mix mine with water so it isn’t so sweet, but the sugar in it will keep you awake longer too!
3. Do NOT use your phone to keep time! Use a watch. Your phone has cool things on it, like Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Snapchat, YouTube, QuizUp, and even GOOGLE! I will Google anything to avoid studying, most of the time!
4. Don’t use your computer unless it is for school work! These electronics, as well as iPads/tablets will keep you distracted instead of focused.
5. Get your roommate or friend to do it with you! Just make sure you aren’t distracting each other!
6. My saving grace is a thirty minute nap, or two! Space them out and set several alarms to make sure you actually wake up and don’t stay asleep the whole night! Also, get out of bed as soon as you hear the alarm, because if you snooze it and are laying in bed, chances are you will go back to sleep! Maybe this idea of short naps negates the idea of an “all nighter,” but it’s worth it when you at least get a little sleep, and hopefully that will help you. If you do just go to bed really late and only for an hour or two, you have to make sure not to oversleep or miss your class the next morning. That will defeat your staying up all night!
7. Don’t get all warm and snuggly! This will also make you sleeping. If possible, study on your couch, the kitchen table, or at your desk. Just NOT in your bed! Many times in the last three years, I have woken up in the morning with my books and folders and papers all spread out everywhere because I was studying in my bed! It’s also a good idea to turn the air on, or at least a fan, because the noise will keep you awake, as well as it is harder to fall asleep when it’s chilly in a room.
I only do these once maybe twice a semester, but it is SO not worth it! It makes you more tired, and usually your test, project, paper, or presentation doesn’t turn out as well as you hoped because you obviously waited too late to prepare for it! You will be sleepy the next morning during your test or presentation, and it will make you want to rush through it so you can sleep.
I feel like these are good tips, but PLEASE use them sparingly! Get your work done as soon as you can after it is assigned, or do it in small pieces and eventually it will all be done! Take it from this senior that it is SO much more worth it devote two or three hours a week to something for several weeks than to try and study something over and over again for eight hours straight. Our brains weren’t meant to focus on one thing for so long.
Happy studying, and happy SLEEPING!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28