Post # 1
I am in need of help! I am hoping to finish up my master’s degree in May and I am now currently working on my thesis paper. I’m not sure whether I will get done in time but I need to try anything and everything I can! I am the type of person that enjoys getting a good nights rest but I have a feeling I am going to need to sacrifice my sleeping hours for the next few weeks so that I can get this devil paper done.
Do any of you ladies have any techniques that have helped you pull all nighters? Coffee, exercise, anything? I have never really tried to stay up super late so I am at a loss on how I can stay awake and alert.
Post # 4
Staying up late actually won’t help, it will decrease your ability to focus and get quality work done. My suggestion would be to work as late as you can, set your alarm and sleep for five hours, then wake up super early and start again. You should get at least 5-6 hours of sleep to be rested, but there’s nothing saying you can’t get up at 3am to start over again. Hope that helps–and good luck on your thesis!
Post # 5
I used to pull all-nighters once a week for newspaper at college, so hopefully I can be of some assistance :). My top tricks are to pull all the blinds now before it gets dark so you can’t see it getting darker. It might be a little too late for that now, but just in the future. Try to hide all of the clocks that you can and try very hard not to check them.
No napping, because that will only make it worse. Drink lots of water and maybe one Coke around one a.m. Any more than one, and it will just make you loopier. The trick isn’t really staying up late, it’s staying lucid while being up insanely late. We would usually eat around 10 p.m. and then eat again around two a.m. Definitely don’t gorge yourself, but you want to stay full or you’re going to start remembering how long it’s been since you’ve had dinner!
It’s also not a bad idea to take a small break and look up a funny youtube video. Humor will keep you awake and focused. Any other breaks should involve lots of movement, but I wouldn’t exactly exercise, I would just pace around for a bit.
As far as the next day, I could make it to about 3 p.m. usually before crashing for a three hour nap. Any more than that, and you won’t be able to sleep the next day. Any less and you probably won’t be able to function by 7 p.m. You’ll be able to make it longer if you have scheduled things you have to do, but you’ll be pretty worthless for more studying if you don’t take some sort of nap.
Best of luck to you!
**small disclaimer: don’t do this too often, it’s horrible on your body. I dropped about ten pounds right after I stopped doing newspaper and I felt so much better afterwards. Definitely don’t make a habit of it, or you’ll become stressed throughout the week!**
Post # 6
Great ideas! I really hate to think that I am going to put my body through so much stress but I’m pretty sure there is no other way…thanks for the advice ! 🙂
Post # 7
I get out of the house. I’ll hit an all-night diner. Free-flowing coffee and food to help re-charge. Just having people around me who are awake seems to keep me going.
I’ve been pulling all-nighters off and on with school. If I make it past 11:30, I get a pretty good second wind. The Starkbucks doubleshots will get me through in a pinch. I can’t go hardcore with Red Bulls or Monster. Those just give me the shakes.
I agree with no nap. I just pulled an all-nighter late last week. I had just a couple of hours between when work finished and class started. It took me over an hour to wind down and sleep. I was worthless for the rest of the day. If I just stay awake, I can usually make it to 8pm with little consequence, and then I’ll crash.
With your thesis, triple check your work done on little sleep. Better yet, have someone else (other than your advisor) check for grammer. I know the simple things can get past me even when I’m fully “charged”.