Yes, yes, we all know the importance of having a regimented sleep routine. On the other hand, life is short and seeing the sun rise once in a while doesn't kill anyone. Being able to stay awake at night is a skill and the body needs to be prepared and fed, whether to run a marathon or to stretch your time with a friend. Remember to let everyone in your house know that you will be staying up all night. There are several techniques and you can combine them, like throwing something on your cell phone and splashing your face with ice water. Go watch the series with your friend, what are you waiting for?
Method 1 of 3: Using Electronic Devices to Stay Awake
Step 1. Have fun with your mobile
If you don't have one, borrow it from someone. Cell phones are great for fighting sleep, with games, music, videos, internet and other apps. Of course, you must have the person's permission for this (ask if you can download stuff, too).
To play games or access music and videos over the internet, use headphones or turn the volume down
Step 2. Use a tablet or computer
If you don't already have a lot of games and apps on your tablet, ask before downloading one. It's a good idea to talk to your parents or older people to have more options - they can know some really cool things to pass the time.
- Don't download paid apps from your parent's tablet without asking first. Prefer to download the free ones.
- Some games and apps are specific to certain models or operating systems (such as the iPad); It's a good idea to find out your tablet information before trying to download anything. If you need to, talk to your parents.
- Use headphones. You can listen to whatever you want, at the volume you prefer and without waking up the whole house.
Step 3. Watch something
Choose a series or a movie and you can spend hours entertained. Choose a comedy or a horror to entertain yourself even more; slower romances, dramas, and other genres can make you sleepier.
- Think ahead about what you want to see and ask your parents to download it for you. If you prefer, give them this article and ask them to download something from Netflix itself, especially if you go offline.
- Always remember the basic rule - use your headphones so you don't wake anyone.
Step 4. Play
Choose a console or computer game and enjoy. When faced with a difficult and frustrating time, change the game - boredom and boredom make for sleep, too.
Borrow games from friends and family - there's nothing like a different game to keep your head clear, especially if you've already zeroed all the games on your shelf
Step 5. Listen to loud music. With the headphones you can listen to anything you want. Choose a fast pace as slow songs will make you groggy and relaxed - the opposite of what you want.
- Create a playlist of the liveliest songs you like. They will make you more agitated and awake - why not dance to stay awake?
- If you want to walk around the house, use an mp3, a cell phone and even a tablet, depending on the size.
Step 6. Set an alarm clock
This is a classic way to turn the night around. Set it to ring every half hour, or every hour if you feel like you're drifting off to sleep and it will wake you up.
- A digital alarm clock can be programmed according to various preferences such as volume, ring type, duration time, etc.
- The alarm trick works because it triggers automatic stress responses in the body. There are some that have a “snooze” function, meaning it will ring again if you turn it off. The ideal is to wake up as soon as it plays the first time, because using the "snooze" too much will make your body ignore these responses and you will spend the entire day sleepy.
- Test the alarm before using it. It must have fully charged and working batteries, or an outlet. Ask the alarm clock owner how to program it if you need to.
Method 2 of 3: Staying Awake Naturally
Step 1. Keep moving
One study has shown that walking can extend energy for up to two hours, as it circulates more oxygen to the brain and muscles, so "get up and walk." But don't overdo it, or you'll end up wasting a lot of energy and your body will end up tired and slow to recover.
Be active when you're tired, circulate this oxygen through your body, speed up your heart rate! Being too still will certainly make you sleepy
Step 2. Take a nap
After a long day and anytime you feel like you can't stand awake, close your eyes for a nap - sleep for 25 minutes. It will have an even better effect if taken near your usual bedtime.
Step 3. Rest your eyes
Too many hours in front of the computer, television, or cell phone can leave you exhausted from the effort and you will become sleepy. Take breaks and look elsewhere, let your eyes relax away from the screen.
Peek out the window, take a walk around the house, and adjust the monitor's brightness so you don't exhaust them
Step 4. Have a healthy snack
Stay away from sweets, as they are known to give you energy right away, but then you'll be exhausted. Opt for salt and water biscuits, fruits, nuts or carrots.
Step 5. Talk to someone
Tell a friend that you'll need to spend the night up and ask if he's in the mood to chat on the phone. Talk about whatever you want (as long as it's interesting and a lot of income); when you feel like you are going to sleep, force yourself to stay awake and continue.
It's a good idea to think about what to talk about in advance. Plan things to talk, have things up your sleeve; talk about TV shows with your friends, ask your parents for travel ideas, or tell a relative about what you've been up to at school
Step 6. Light up the room
Make the environment clear to stay awake. Turn on only the lights in the room you are in, so as not to disturb anyone who is sleeping.
Step 7. Drink plenty of water
Dehydration also makes you sleepy; drinking water wakes up the body and keeps you awake to urinate more often. If you like, eat water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon. Another option is to take a cold shower, or splash cold water on your face, to get a load of energy and wake up.
- Have a glass of ice-cold water in the morning. Your metabolism will be racing.
- Fill a large bottle with water and drink from it throughout the night. If you drink it whole, fill it up again.
Step 8. Drink something with caffeine
If your parents allow it, have a soda - some brands have more caffeine than others in the formula. Another option is to take an energy drink, although these are not recommended for children.
Caffeine is a highly addictive substance, so take just a little and don't make a habit of it
Step 9. Count on your friends
Have someone call you during the night, or, better yet, call them to spend the night at your house. Having company makes all the difference to staying awake and the night will go by faster - play a board game, cards, watch movies or just chat. The idea is one being responsible for keeping the other awake.
Method 3 of 3: Preparations and care
Step 1. Talk to everyone who lives in the house
Especially if you are not in the habit of sleeping late or early in the morning, let your parents know. They may be worried if they find you by surprise overnight. What's more, they can help you with the task of staying awake if you fall asleep watching TV, for example.
Step 2. Take a nap the next day
A whole sleepless night is quite tiring on the body and you will need to make up for some of that time. Take an eyelash for 20 minutes, but at a time away from bedtime, so as not to repeat the cycle of the night before. Also, don't get too much sleep, or you won't be able to sleep on time; set an alarm clock to wake you up.
Step 3. Eat good meals overnight and the next morning
You will have to replenish the energy that a sleepless night can cause, especially if you eat a lot of carbohydrates and junk food. Opt for balanced meals that contain protein (such as fish or chicken), a vegetable and a fruit.
Have something to feed you for breakfast. The most important thing is to make a mixture of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates, like an egg-and-cheese sandwich. Dinner, on the other hand, should contribute to the immune system, such as a portion of white rice with colorful vegetables, quinoa (which is rich in protein), tofu and a sauce of your choice
Step 4. Sleep more
You will need a little more time to rest your body after a night shift. In other words, even before the occasion you'll have to prepare your schedule to accommodate that extra sleep you'll need – an extra one to two hours is fine.
It is also important to sleep a little more the night before the occasion, even to be able to spend more time awake at dawn. The least you should get is your usual night's sleep (which should be eight hours)
- Mix methods to stay awake. Spending the entire night talking and watching TV isn't that easy - you'll need to stay interested enough not to sleep.
- Reading can help or hinder – if you decide to read something and find yourself starting to fish, do something else right away.
- Spending too much time looking at the screen can drain your eyes. Give them a break from time to time, get out of the way, take a walk, eat something, and splash water on their face.
- Prefer to have this type of night out during holidays, holidays or weekends; during the week, tinkering with the routine can get you out of the rhythm.
- Asking an adult for a cell phone will keep them on their toes.
- Do not use someone else's cell phone or computer without their permission.
- Do not download or install anything without the permission of the owner of the device, whether your parents or other family members.