Two weeks ago….I had a first. I pulled my very first all-nighter. And on Monday night…I had my second. Never before did I truly understand how intense an all-nighter is….and now I am slightly afraid that they will become more frequent, since I have had two in the past two weeks, and up until this point in my college career I hadn’t had any.
One great thing about my first all-nighter is that even though I thought that it would be an absolute and complete failure, it ended up being super successful. During the evening I spent about 3 hours practicing for Yell Like Hell, and once that was over, I started studying for a test that I had the next day, and I wrote a 4 page paper. So I just had this horrible feeling that I was going to fail the test, or the paper or something….but I ended up with A-’s on both of them. Holy smokes…I know. And this week during my all-nighter I studied for an exam the entire time, but I don’t know how I did on it yet, so we will have to see about that one. But….through both of these all-nighters….I have learned a few things.
- Don’t pull an all-nighter alone. The first time I was with two of my sorority sisters, and the second time I was with one of my roommates, and this way we were able to hold each other accountable, and help each other out throughout the night. If I took a 20 minute power nap, then I had other people there ready to pull me off the couch before I slept away the rest of the night. This way we also could take short breaks and get each other snacks. Which leads me to my next point…
- Have plenty of food available. Not only is food delicious, but it also helps you stay awake. Let’s be serious…who doesn’t love toast with nutella at 4:30 a.m.?? And this week I decided to do Halloween candy instead….which was a great choice…especially since we have a plethora of it in my room currently.
- Stay away from comfortable surfaces. During my first all-nighter I sat in a wooden chair at a table the entire time…which made it much harder to get comfortable and fall asleep. The second time, I was on my futon all night…..which made me just want to lay down and curl up…the entire time. So stick to the floor, wood, or anything that you do not enjoy sleeping on.
- After you get everything done….reward yourself. Since you are already sleep deprived…you need something. Mainly caffeine…but really anything will do it. This is my personal favorite….