We’re usually the first people to say it – don’t pull an all-nighter! After all, a lack of sleep impairs your focus and memory recall. But no matter how many times you hear it, sometimes deadlines suddenly sneak up on you and you’re left with no other option. If that’s the case, no worries – we’ve still got your back! Check out our best tips below.
Squeeze in some nap time.
We know, this post is supposed to be about staying awake. But staying up an entire night can do more damage than good. You don’t want to be so tired that you can’t even focus on the big exam you stayed up studying for, right? A nap or two here and there will do you good.
Load up on snacks, but choose wisely.
Healthy snacks, like fruit and protein bars, can give you boosts of energy throughout the night. Just try to avoid anything that’s too heavy or loaded with carbs and sugar. Those snacks will leave you sleepy!
Drink caffeine – sparingly!
Coffee is going to be your best friend here. Definitely feel free to grab a cup, but don’t over do it all at once! Try to space out each cup so that you don’t end up with distracting jitters. You may also want to avoid energy drinks. They’re loaded with sugar that will only make you crash!
Take regular breaks.
The idea of an “all-nighter cram session” might have you thinking you should study non-stop the whole night. That’s not the case! In any situation, taking regular study breaks actually helps you retain information. Use this break time to get in a good stretch and some physical activity, or try using this time for a short power nap.
Studies actually suggest that chewing gum can help you focus for longer periods of time. Why not give it a shot? It’s simple!
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