How To Stay Awake All Night: 15 Quick Fixes When You Need To Pull An All-Nighter

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How To Stay Awake All Night: 15 Quick Fixes When You Need to Pull An All-Nighter

Remember when you were at your best friend's slumber party in 4th grade and the coolest thing ever to do was to pull an all-nighter? Bragging rights for 9 year olds. Now, as an adult, if we say we pulled an all-nighter, we either get comments like, “Wow! Must have been some party!” or, “Oh my gosh, how are you even standing right now?! Go home immediately and rest your bones.”

Sometimes, we naturally just stay up late because of worry or anxiety or we just can’t seem to shut our brains off. You find yourself laying in your bed at four in the morning Googling things like “How big is Justin Timberlake’s big toe?” or “What does cat food taste like?”

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But instead of trying to keep yourself awake, here's how to stay awake all night and pull an all-nighter. It all starts with reading this brilliant and exciting article guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time. (Excitement and anticipation can be associated with alertness... just trying to help you out here.)

1. Eat a big healthy breakfast with all the fixings.

Breakfast is the most important part of the day. You’ve heard it all before. But studies have shown that eating a nice big breakfast improves your concentration which will help you in staying awake throughout the day.

You’ll feel more alert mentally and physically hours after you’ve had your stack of pancakes and scrambled eggs. Eating a meal with loads of protein in it will aid in your endurance, fight off fatigue and give you a boost of energy. You have a greater chance of pulling an all-nighter if you can pull an all-dayer (not a word, but you get it). 

2. Stay cold.

Cranking up the air conditioning in your room will ensure you stay awake because being warm is being cozy, and being cozy, well... next thing you know you’re passed out and drooling. 

3. Take a walk.

Keep your blood flowing and take a walk. Walk outside, walk around your home. Even the smallest bodily movements will help circulate your blood and keep your mind and body awake. So make like a shark and do not stop moving whatever you do!

4. Chew some gum.

Chewing gum will keep you awake as long as you're chewing it. The flavor alone will keep your mind more alert. Just make sure you spit it out before you get too sleepy or you will be getting a brand new haircut in the morning.

5. Keep the lights on.

You naturally fall asleep in the dark. Keep the lights on wherever you are so you can trick your brain into thinking it is not time to go to sleep.

6. Don’t forget to take your vitamins.

Taking your vitamins closer to bedtime can result in a boost of energy. This is why people take their vitamins in the morning with breakfast. It’s an easy solution for how to stay awake all night and for longer, while also boosting your immune system and keeping your body nice and healthy!

7. Try multi-tasking.

Keeping your mind focused in on one thing can result is even greater fatigue. But if you multi-task and do a few things at the same time, your mind will be more occupied and, thus, more alert and more awake.

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8. Drink coffee.

Anything with caffeine in it will surely keep you awake. Make yourself a hot cup of coffee or espresso. If you’re not a coffee drinker, no problem! Make yourself a sweet herbal caffeinated tea with lemon and honey.

9. Try aromatherapy and essential oils.

Certain essential oils like lemon, orange, peppermint and rosemary are said to have proven benefits of energy and alertness while also fighting fatigue and over-exhaustion. You can dap a little on your wrists and sniff them periodically.

10. Play games.

Play a game on your phone or whip out a board game. This will keep you mentally stimulated and you’ll be surprised how time will quickly fly. 

11. Take a cold shower.

Taking a cold shower will definitely wake you right up if you feel overly tired. This is especially true if you have been staring at your laptop for hours. Cold water will help soothe your tired eyes and wake you right back up.

12. Snack lightly.

Avoid indulging in heavy meals. Food coma is a real thing and will make you even more tired if you fall asleep. Instead, have a salad or an energy bar.

13. Give acupressure a try.

Gently tugging down on your earlobes and rubbing the back of your hand with your opposite thumb are popular and pretty unique ways to make sure you don’t fall asleep.

14. Pinch yourself.

Causing the tiniest bit of pain to yourself like a pinch on the arm or leg is a known technique to fight off fatigue and make you wake right back up. 

15. Phone a friend.

If at all possible, talking on the phone with someone is great way to distract you from falling asleep. Just avoid calling anyone boring. 

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Christina Wright is a New York based freelance writer covering entertainment, beauty, interior design and all things fashionably interesting. Christina mostly enjoys reading, and doing things “for the funny story later.”

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