Surviving an All-Nighter – a Students Guide

No mater how organised, dedicated and committed you aim to be during your time at university, you will have to pull an all-nighter at one point or another.  It’s a right of passage and will become the only way you’re able to finish an assignment or cram for an exam.

For the majority of students, they’re a painful experience.  However, there are the odd few that thrive on the pressure and produce undoubtedly their best work at 3am with the threat of a 7am deadline looming.

So for any students preparing to pull an all-nighter over the next few weeks, here’s our guide to surviving it:

Snacks & Drinks

You may be fooled into thinking that now you’re a student, sugary snacks and energy drinks have their own food group and should form the basis of every meal.  However, this is not good fodder for anyone hoping to make it through a whole night without a serious case of crash and burn.

Food with a good mix of complex carbs that will slowly release energy throughout the night will be your best bet.  Pick up an URBAN eat sandwich or two, which will satisfy your midnight munchies the sensible way.

Keep Calm

You’re in the middle of a 1000 word essay and suddenly those last 500 words become as difficult and lengthy as trying to recite the entire works of Shakespeare.  You have no idea what to write next, your heart begins to race and a film of cold sweat beads over your forehead.

Stop right there. Calm down, take a deep breath, and repeat after me: I. Can. Do. This

Keep Focussed

If you don’t need the Internet to complete your assignment, then switch it off right away.  Facebook and Twitter are no longer your friends as a student and will do nothing but distract you the entire night.  Naughty social media.

Take a break

At the point before sleep, or cabin fever threatens to take over, get up and take a short brisk walk away from your desk.  You will return re-invigorated and ready to tackle the rest of the night.  Do not venture past any of the following:

  • The Student Union
  • Friends who are a bad influence (you know the ones)
  • Beds that look comfortable

Don’t procrastinate

I’ll leave you with an inspiring quote by Benjamin Franklin:

“You may delay but time will not” Need I say more?