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post #16 of 41
I've pulled a couple all-nighters in my time. Every time it was because I had managed my time poorly. My focus was in English, so I know there are plenty of folks who have considerably more work than me. I guess with that perspective, an occasional all-nighter is unavoidable.

I just know that they've rarely been worth it for me. Making it through the night isn't bad, but it's that realization that you've got another full day ahead of you once the sun rises that's awful. You get your second (or third) wind if you can beat the first couple hours of daylight. But there's going to come that point later in the day where you start to do stupid shit because of sleep deprivation.
post #17 of 41
I do not miss all-nighters.
post #18 of 41
I have done all nighters usually about 2 a semester when needed. But this senior year, during finals week I did 3 in a row. It was pretty ridiculous. I can get by on small amounts of sleep as it is. I had so mny hard finals without a day off it was unreal. At the end of the third day with only a few stints of naps here and there, my head felt like a million pounds, my sight was getting streaky (if I turned my head, bright vivid colors would streak, and then things would get fade in and out), the speed with which I could think was so slow, especially processing words for conversation was unreal. Once I finally got to sleep at about 10am after my last final, it took me about 2 hours to finally relax and get used to falling asleep, I was having withdrawals it was weird, but once I finally drifted off, I slept from about 11:30am to 6:30pm, ate dinner, got back in bed at around 11pm, and then slept until 2pm the next day. Advice: - Adderall (if you can find some, and have no qualms about using it, I have no reservations about it) - 5 hour energy about 8 hours before you plan on finally getting into bed to pull you through the home stretch - One SUGARFREE redbull every hour (or tea, or coffee if you like), coffee is too much for me and the sugar I like to put in it makes me crash - Shower at the usual time you do in the morning when the time comes, the temperature wakes you up, and also it synchronizes you into the schedule of your usual wake up - Change into a new pair of clothes - Keep your eye on the clock, use it as motivation/relaxation to help you realize how much work you have accomplished I love all nighters, I feel like they are a great way to get a lot of work done when needed
post #19 of 41
Pure math problems are strangely doable at 4am in the morning. The only thing you have to do is not give up. Giving up is so easy once you are half asleep.
post #20 of 41
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Originally Posted by imhotep View Post
it's not that bad. the problem starts at about 8AM when you get tired as hell. if you can bear through that, you'll start to feel decent again by noon.

also, make sure you keep yourself fed. makes a big difference between feeling moderately shitty or really shitty.

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Originally Posted by Gingahbman View Post
Showers. From a man who has pulled more all nighters than 7/11 I can tell you... showers.

You'll start to get tired again in the morning, but truck through it and if you feel you are getting tired, take a hot shower. By the time you step out and feel the pang feeling of winter air on your skin, you'll wake up. Plus your immune system is a bit weaker so you'll be more susceptible to feel a chill.

I'm actually pulling another all nighter myself, so I wish you the best of luck sir!

Whatever you do... don't watch TV. A dull moment can knock you out just like that.

Finally sit upright!

^^^ THIS and this. I have pulled many an all-nighter so I know what I'm talking about. Trust me when I say: showers.

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Originally Posted by Akrobat View Post
I am also doing an all-nighters, but for very different reasons. Anyhow, music helps. Especially upbeat music so long as it is something you like enough not to get sick of/get a headache from. Water, however random that is, is important.

Something stimulating. If you are going to be doing papers you might want to take small breaks and do preform an activity which is at least mildly entertaining to get yourself concentrating on something other than the fatigue which is setting on.

I'm really not a fan of stimulating yourself with music. It's far too easy to zone out and be unproductive / fall asleep. Other activities are good if you limit yourself.
post #21 of 41
The fallacy that underlies the all-nighter is that 10 or 12 consecutive hours equals that many hours spent on a project at two or three intervals. It's just not so. Thinking gets muddy without sleep. Even worse, your head won't be right for a day or two following the all-nighter.
post #22 of 41
Never needed to pull all nighters and never will need to.

All nighters are pointless and stupid. You are far better off sleeping from 2am to 6am and then resume study if you really need to. Why would anyone need to study 10-12 hours consecutively anyway? I have been taking 5-6 courses a semester with 2-3 labs and I have never studied past 9pm and I still get 3.8-4.0 GPA.

Much better to plan out things in advance than to cram in the end.
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by ashpool View Post
Never needed to pull all nighters and never will need to.

All nighters are pointless and stupid. You are far better off sleeping from 2am to 6am and then resume study if you really need to. Why would anyone need to study 10-12 hours consecutively anyway? I have been taking 5-6 courses a semester with 2-3 labs and I have never studied past 9pm and I still get 3.8-4.0 GPA.

Much better to plan out things in advance than to cram in the end.

before starting on your self-promoting lecture, you may have read that the OP did not indicate that he was staying up all night to do school work. He said paperwork.
post #24 of 41
I studied at very good schools for both undergrad and b-school. I worked while going to b-school. I never pulled an all nighter. Sure, I was out of my apartment from like 6am to midnight most of the time, but I always got to go home and sleep. IME, people pulling all nighters are poor at managing. They can't manage their time effectively, they can't manage their teams effectively, they can't manage their bosses effectively, they can't manage their employees effectively.

One of the basic ideas I've seen over and over again is that you will use however much time you give yourself. A project that could easily be completed in 2 hours will become a 5 hour project if you set that deadline for yourself. It will also become an all night project if you allow it to go that long.
post #25 of 41
Look at these self-righteous DBs. There's more than one way to skin a cat, y'all know.
post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by Milhouse View Post
I studied at very good schools for both undergrad and b-school. I worked while going to b-school. I never pulled an all nighter. Sure, I was out of my apartment from like 6am to midnight most of the time, but I always got to go home and sleep. IME, people pulling all nighters are poor at managing. They can't manage their time effectively, they can't manage their teams effectively, they can't manage their bosses effectively, they can't manage their employees effectively.

One of the basic ideas I've seen over and over again is that you will use however much time you give yourself. A project that could easily be completed in 2 hours will become a 5 hour project if you set that deadline for yourself. It will also become an all night project if you allow it to go that long.

There are only a certain number of hours in a day

This thread isn't about being a pompous dick about how you don't need to do all nighters because you are some all star manager, or how some other poster has a 4.0.

Sometimes the crap piles on and on and you can't do anything about it, so in that situation you need to do an all nighter, so give the OP some advice on how to do so, or GTFO
post #27 of 41
This term I had all the time in the world but no motivation whatsoever. I did an all nighter for 4/6 assignments for one class. I'd just chill all the time until the day before the assignment was due.

I find drinking coffee then sleeping for half an hour to be awesome.

I'm not a bad student either, my gpa is a 3.7.
post #28 of 41
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Originally Posted by whacked View Post
Look at these self-righteous DBs. There's more than one way to skin a cat, y'all know.
I totally agree. From time to time I'll pull an all-nighter and I generally put off assignments until the last minute, but so what; I still have a 4.0 GPA. I don't force my work ethic on anybody or act like its superior... whatever gets you results is fine by me.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by btlaxripper View Post
There are only a certain number of hours in a day

This thread isn't about being a pompous dick about how you don't need to do all nighters because you are some all star manager, or how some other poster has a 4.0.

Sometimes the crap piles on and on and you can't do anything about it, so in that situation you need to do an all nighter, so give the OP some advice on how to do so, or GTFO

LOL
post #30 of 41
i have had dozens of all-nighters over the past couple of years (undergrad). ime the first ones are very hard (in terms of staying awake the next day) and get progressively easier. so GL...?? that being said, i have never had an all-nighter because of studying. just get some blood flowing and you should be ok
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