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The All-Nighter Survival Guide

Categories: College Life
The All-Nighter Survival Guide


Before you even arrived at college you may have heard tales from your friends or parents about “pulling an all-nighter”. What does this mean? It’s exactly what it sounds like. Staying up all night to finish school work! It’s not fun or easy, but chances are you’ll have to do it at some point during your college career. So, just like anything else at school, do it well!


Evaluate. Is staying up all night absolutely worth it or  in any way unavoidable? If not, don’t do it. Get done what you can, get some rest, and wake up tomorrow ready to finish it.

Nap. If it is 3pm and you know you have to stay up all night to finish at paper due at 9am, take a nap at 3pm. An hour or two at most. This will give you a little boost. Also, sleep is more invigorating than caffeine. Save the caffeine for later.


Position. Don’t work on your bed or couch! Sit upright, on a chair, at your desk. Do it!

Work. Remove distractions. Work on the hardest portions of your assignment first, while your brain is fresher and clearer. When fatigue hits later in the night, you’ll thank yourself for having left the easier parts for last.

Get up. Move around! Work for 50 minutes then take a 10 minute stretch break. Get out of your chair and do jumping jacks or walk in a few circles. You might feel like a tiger in a cage at the zoo, but you’ll keep your body awake.

Water. Yes, you’ll probably be drinking coffee or Red Bull, but don’t forget the water! A glass of ice cold water every hour will keep you more energized than you think and will also prompt a few bathroom breaks here and there.

No sugar! Stay away from candy and super sugary treats. They’ll give you a spike of energy, but you will crash shortly after and you need stamina for an all-nighter. Stick to protein or veggies to give you sustained energy.


Keep your sleep schedule. Try to go back to your original sleep patterns the very next day! Your body will be confused at first, but force it to sleep again at the same time you always go to bed.

Work out. Engage in some sort of physical activity during the middle of the day after you pull your all-nighter. It will energize your mind and body.

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How Much Sleep Should a College Student Get?

Categories: College Life

clockHow many hours do college students need?

Raise your hand if you think 8 hours.

Raise your hand if you think 7 hours.

Raise your hand if you think 6 hours.

Using our advanced hand-raising-censor-technology, we calculated that most of you think we need between 6 and 8 hours.

The truth of it is, however, that it varies with the individual.  And since you know yourself better than anybody else, it’s a fairly simple thing to gage.  Can you function on less than 8 hours? No? Then you need 8 hours of sleep.  Do you feel mighty fine and dandy after only 4 hours of sleep? Well, then you’re a superhuman.

As long as you can reach those deep phases of REM and NREM sleep, you’re good.  According to CampusGrotto, researchers have shown evidence that brain waves during the latter part of the sleep period promote the capacity to store fact-based memories. This could mean we not only need sleep to remember what we’ve learned, but we need it to learn in the first place.

So, what about those other factors?

Who doesn’t love naps?  And guess what? They’re actually pretty good for you to help recharge and improve overall alertness, mood and productivity.  So if you’re tired and you have a lot more to finish studying for your final exam, take a 20 minute nap if you have time to recharge.

For the lucky few who have this problem, oversleeping can actually make you more sleepy throughout the entire day.  If you tend to fall asleep at 11pm and walk up at noon, an alarm clock might be your best friend.

A frat house isn’t the best place to get some quality, Zzzz’s.  Even just white noise throughout the night can keep you from REM sleep.  In cases like this, try ear buds!

Nighttime Computer Use
Surfing the web before going to bed is not the best idea.  Research has shown that bright screens before bed make it more difficult to fall asleep. Plus, we all know we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to going online for what you plan is 5 minutes and staying on for 2 hours.

How much sleep to do you get? Comment and share!

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