As every student knows, exams creep up and pounce on you when you least expect them. What should you do if tomorrow you have an exam, important test, paper, or presentation due and you haven’t even started preparing? Basically, you have two options – go to sleep and get yourself ready for a big fail or pull an all-nighter. This is the point where you might be asking yourself, “Next time, I should pay someone to do my online math class, finish my project, or write my paper.” But that’s not an option anymore! So if you chose the latter, you should know what to do to make it through the night. Below are five tips to help you survive an all-nighter.
1. Eat Protein Rich Food
Everyone knows that candy or something sweet gives us a rapid boost of energy. However, it evaporates as quickly as it comes. You may be lucky to get half an hour of productive work but after that, the depletion arrives and you’ll need a new dose. Instead of refined sugars, experts advise munching on food rich in protein. With such a diet, you will be able to stretch your energy stocks for several hours. Boiled chicken, low-fat yogurt, and even a simple egg works wonders. Keep in mind that a few small snacks throughout the night are much more beneficial than one hearty dinner.
2. Walk Around
It’s proven that exercise gets your brain in shape as much as it does your muscles. A short walk outside is not only a great opportunity to deliver more blood to the brain but it also fills your cells with vital oxygen. Try to have a leisurely 15-minute walk around the block once every two hours. If going outside is not an option, just wander around the house or do some small aerobic exercises — jumps or squats, for example. After such activities, you should notice that your head is working quicker.
3. Drink Coffee
This sounds obvious but moderate doses of caffeine help cope with drowsiness and give a turbo boost to the processor in your head. However, you should be very careful not to overdo with coffee consumption. Scientists say that about four cups of coffee a day (or night) is safe for your health. Anything you drink on top of it will result in a loss of focus. To prevent caffeine overdose, make coffee breaks every 3-4 hours. In between, you should drink more water as it will help you stay hydrated and ensure the whole system operates like clockwork.
4. Make Short Breaks
Make sure you give yourself some time to take a breather and resume cramming with renewed vigor. The frequency and duration of these breaks can be different (five minute breaks every half an hour or 10 minutes of rest every hour, etc.) but remember the rule of thumb — the longer you study, the longer the break should be. At the cram-free time, you can do anything that distracts your attention from learning — wash the dishes, walk a dog, take a shower, chat with friends, etc.
5. Chew Gum
Recent studies show that chewing gum can stimulate memory, improve cognitive performance, and increase alertness. To achieve an even more noticeable results, choose the peppermint flavor. Researchers argue that the smell of peppermint has a positive effect on memory!
Do you know of any other solutions to surviving an all-nighter?
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