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July 2, 2013

The Secret to Getting Back on Track (An All-Nighter)

rebecca kelsey sampson all-nighter

(What I look like after being awake almost 24 hours. Also, dying my hair with henna.)

Do you remember when you were a kid how you could stay up all day and still have the energy you would if you had the best night of sleep of your life? Well, that was a long time ago. All-nighter’s suck now. When I was eight years old I once stayed up for three days straight because of a weekend sleepover without any problems. Now, two hours past bedtime and I’m cranky. 

Somehow the past few weeks my bedtime has been pushed and pushed until the point where I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning until 11 AM. Not bad if you are on Summer vacation but if you work from home full time like I do, it’s bad. Real bad. 

The only thing that has ever helped me get back on the right sleeping track has been to pull that (now) dreadful all-nighter…. and no naps the next day. I have to stay up for about 40 hours (until it becomes the bedtime I want the next day) and then I can sleep like a baby and wake up all refreshed and back to my ideal schedule. It’s brutal. It’s not fun like it was when I was eight years old. Boy, it is not fun. But, it’s foolproof if you can force your body to stay up. 

Tips for pulling an all-nighter:

  1. Make a really long to-do list of things you’ve been meaning to do for a long time, it will motivate you to finally cross things off!
    • Don’t forget to add fun things to your list, like painting your nails or doing a face mask!
  2. If you are sharing a room with someone not pulling an all-nighter, do all the things that require light first (like catching up on your reading) and then do the things you don’t necessarily need a light for (like computer work).
    • If this doesn’t work for you, go into the living room when your partner needs to turn off the lights for their sleep. 
  3. Save caffeine for a last resort. Keep awake as long as you can the natural way. Caffeine will just make you crash so try to use very little. Also, too much will make you jittery. The same goes for sugar.
  4. Try not to work on your bed. Stay away from your bed as much as possible. 
  5. When you just can’t do it anymore, exercise! The endorphins will make you hyper. 

So, guess what I’m doing right now? Writing this post while doing an all-nighter. 

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  • Zoe

    Haha nice. I am staying up way too late these days but I’m not sure I could function at work the next day if I pulled on all nighter :/ I just need to get back into better habits I guess.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Getting back on track is so hard! Best wishes to you.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 5, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply
  • KelseyCate

    Oh my, my, my. I start college in a few days(four to be exact), and I need I get my sleeping scheadule under control. Normally I am an early riser and I usually go to bed at 10pm. However these past few weeks I’ve been going to bed late and sleeping late. Not going to be fun goin to an 11 am class, when I cannot even wake up by that time!

    August 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Good luck on your first day!! I hope you’re able to get on track again.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      August 18, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

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