Pulling All Nighters? Here’s How to Deal With the Nightmare

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

We’ve all been there, studying endlessly into the night until the sun came back up again, making us seriously question whether university is even worth it. But in the end, we know it is. All the hard work and all nighters do pay off. Eventually.

In the meantime we should remember that poster of the kitty in the tree; “hang in there”. We have to remember that uni is just one part of the student life; sure, it’s the most important, but that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to the draining feeling of having to stay up late night after night. 


So what can we do to combat the nightmares of all nighters? Here are some tips I’m sure will help you to keep going:

  1. Breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day. Start the day right and grab a bite to eat that is rich in proteins, aka natural energy boosters. So every time you feel like you need a little boost, try eggs, low-fat cheese, or a dried nut and fruit mix.
  2. Don’t get distracted – turn it off. It’s best to switch off all sources of distraction such as your beloved phones and Facebook notifications. You have to make a conscious effort to concentrate and resist the urge to look away to check if your friend (who should also be studying) replied.
  3. Avoid coffee – or don’t. This one is sure to divide the caffeine lovers from the sober ones, as they’d tell you coffee refills are the fuel that keeps them typing away furiously at that essay assignment. Yet when you’re done and it’s the morning after, the subsequent crash and burn won’t be as thrilling.
  4. Have a break – have a KitKat. The KitKat is optional, but taking breaks throughout your midnight study session is important, because who wants to sit in the same chair for six hours straight and turn into the Hunchback of Notre Dame? It’s essential to get up and stretch your body to avoid having back and neck pain in the future.
  5. Drink up – it’s good for you. Your body is tired, it’s getting weak, and is in dire need of replenishment. So before you reach for that energy drink, another cup of coffee, or Coke, pour yourself a tall glass of water and enjoy the refreshing taste of hydration.

Hopefully these little tips and reminders will help get you through another night of studying, and ease you into the morning after!



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