How to Successfully Pull an All-Nighter
All-nighters have become a quintessential part of the college experience for many students. And unfortunately, I’m not talking about going out until the sun rises — I mean staying up all night to study, prepare for a presentation, write a paper, catch up on your reading, or, sometimes, all of the above.
Don’t get me wrong: Skipping a whole night of sleep — or even just staying up until the wee hours of the morning — isn’t good for you. According to Healthline, lack of sleep can have both long- and short-term effects on the mind and body, including forgetfulness, irritability, and trouble concentrating (you know, the opposite of what you want when you’re heading into a big exam or presentation). Students are much better off getting everything done during waking hours so they have enough time to rest every night. But that’s easier said than done, and sometimes, pulling an all-nighter might feel like the only option.
Maybe you have three big assignments all due at once, or maybe you completely forgot about an upcoming exam. Or, let’s be honest, maybe you just procrastinated on your paper until the very last minute. Whatever the reason, if you feel like you’ve got no other option but to burn the midnight oil, it helps to set yourself up for success.
Over the course of my college career, I’ve become well-versed in the art of pulling an all-nighter, and I attribute a large portion of my success to a handful of products that made these study sessions more comfortable and more productive.
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