By Crisyl Ursabia
Chalk Campus Correspondent
It's almost the end of the year! Aside from the holiday season, this also means that the end of the semester is fast approaching. No matter how hard you work in advance, chances are you'd still have to pull an all-nighter to study for an exam, finish a tough project, or write a research paper the night before the deadline.
To aid things while you burn the midnight oil, here are some tips on how to survive those sleepless nights!
1. Prepare your mind and body for it.
Bank on sleep days before your planned all nighter. A study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that if you've been getting the recommended hours of sleep before an all-nighter, you will not feel as bad as compared to when you've already been sleep deprived. Also, it would be best to minimize physical and mental activities throughout the day to conserve your energy.
2. Work under bright lights.
Dimness triggers the onset of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy. Make sure you turn the lights on or have a bright study light close to you to keep your senses awake. Studies also show that "blue light", usually sourced from computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet., helps us stay awake and alert. A caveat: many eye doctors have issued warnings about its long-term effects on the eyes. Use sparingly,
3. Snack on protein-rich food.
Contrary to popular belief, sugar, and candies shouldn’t be eaten during all-nighters because it causes your energy levels to fluctuate drastically. Instead, snack on food that provides long-lasting energy such as a sandwich, nuts, and crackers. These protein-rich munchies will fuel you up sufficiently to avoid that 3am lull.
4. Drink lots of water.
For most people, coffee is the go-to drink when pulling all-nighters. However, coffee has the same effect as sugar: it sharply spikes your energy levels down only for it to plummet drastically once the caffeine high fizzles out. Experts suggest that while drinking about 100 to 200mg of coffee daily is acceptable, downing lots of H2O is even more effective. Water balances out the caffeine crash and keeps you hydrateds o you can easily switch to your game face with less stress!
5. Mint can help.
Studies show that the smell of mint alone can be enough to boost your energy and increase brain functions at a higher level. A mint-flavored gum can help improve memory retention and mental alertness. Mint vapor, mint essential oil, and mint tea are also great alternatives to gum if you want to avoid sugar.
6. Take breaks.
Breaks will really help you feel rested before going back to work. Ideally, for every 45 to 55-minutes of work, it is best to rest for 5 to 20 minutes. Walk around a well lit area, watch a short and interesting video, or take a power nap. But, make sure to get back to the grind ASAP!
While it's always best to get enough sleep, sacrifices need to be made. There are days that you really have to stay up during the wee hours or even until the next morning. But that's okay, because as the saying goes, "Ang tulog nababawi. Ang singko, hindi." Trust us, these little sacrifices will pay off in the long run!
Are you an all-nighter expert? Share your tips in the comments below!
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