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What do you do after an all nighter to get back to normal?

Asked by live_rose (1223points) April 22nd, 2009

I tend to over sleep and I needed to study for a test thats at 1:00 today out of fear Id sleep through it I staid up all night and have to do so until atleast 2:00 in the afternoon. And it’s imperative that I be slightly right in the head at all times due to health reasons. Once that’s all over should I just crash? Do you have any tips as to what I should do to keep in a semi healthy state?

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Randy's avatar

I work a 12 hour night shift, 4 days a week so I tend to have very sporadic hours. The best advice I can give you is do what you have to do. When I go to sleep, I have to get at least 4–5 hours. My body just doesn’t respond until I get that initial amount. I accidentally over slept and miss a friends wedding just last week. Sleep patterns are a hard thing to control/ Just do what you have to do to make it through the day and then when you have free time, like on a weekend, try to get your schedule back to normal. Best of luck to ya.

augustlan's avatar

If you’re able to take a nap (1 and 1/2 hours or so) and get up to an alarm at the end of it, then do so right after you get home. If you’ll be out for 8 hours when you lay down, then stay awake at least until early evening. Good luck on your test!

Randy's avatar

^^^ Way better advice. Guess I tend to ramble off with nonsense when I get tired after that 12 hour shift. I think I’ll get that sleep now. lol

casheroo's avatar

It wasn’t very smart, staying up all night. Now you might not be as focused for the exam.
I’d get as much sleep as you could, and set multiple alarms.

live_rose's avatar

@Randy @augustlan you both had good advice I tend to ramble too. And hopefully I can take an hour or so nap. @casheroo I did that yesterday set 3 alarms one at 6:00 one at 8:00 and one at noon snoozed through all of them Id rather take the test sleepy with bad focus than miss it all together. But your right if I was more responsible Id find away to get a good night’s sleep the day before . . .I just couldn’t

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live_rose's avatar

@Randy I use my phone as my alarm when I absolutely need to get up I put it right under my face so it vibrates right near my ear/head. I just really didnt want to risk it.

richardhenry's avatar

Stay awake all day and then go to bed at like 9pm. You’ll have the best sleep ever.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i wish i could help you, but i don’t have any such thing as ‘normal’ in terms of sleep.

nebule's avatar

water and lots of it

helloimcat's avatar

If you can afford it, at the end of it all take a two day break. Don’t do anything too mentally demanding… just do silly things that your body tells you to… even if that’s like watching tv and taking 3 hour baths.

I had to pull 2 night marathon for a paper last week… but I did nothing over the weekend and I feel fantastic.

mowens's avatar

The best and fastest way to get over this, is staying up all day until the time you would normally go to bed. It sucks, but it works for me! I wake up refreshed.

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