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How did you feel after you pulled your first all nighter?

Asked by holden (8442points) February 16th, 2010

I’ve spent the last 6 hours working on quantum mechanics problems for my physics class, and I think sometime around 3:30 or 4 this morning I passed into the twilight zone. I’ve been in a state of what I think must be zen for the last several hours. I’m not tired, not stressed, not worried about anything, not apprehensive of anything. The only word that can really summarize my emotions right now is acceptance. This is very strange for me, since I am a complete control freak, and have a tendency to pull my hair out over the slightest incongruities. I’m just really relaxed.

What about you? Have you had similar experiences with staying up all night? Answer, or don’t. It’s all good.

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Cruiser's avatar

Oooooh OUCH! That will give you a brain ache!! Twilight zone would be a good way to characterize what you went through. Drink some juice avoid the caffeine take a walk in the fresh air and take a nap!!

holden's avatar

@Cruiser you sure? I just brewed a pot of coffee…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I did this last night.I am drinking coffee and it’s not working at allllllllll….

TheJoker's avatar

I think you’ve gotten to that point where you’re too tired to feel or care anymore.

absalom's avatar

I felt older, strangely. Like I’d gone through a necessary college ritual and survived it.

After my first all-nighter I kind of struggled to stay awake during the day’s classes, and succeeded. But after classes I was even more energetic than usual. You know (or, I suppose, you may soon know) of the phenomenon of being so tired that you can’t sleep or don’t want to sleep. I think that’s what happened to me, and I didn’t even need coffee at the time.

Now, after many all-nighters, I most definitely need the coffee. The novelty has worn off and it’s just another part of college life.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Hmm, I guess this would take me back to freshman year as a pre-med at NYU. I had my best friend by my side and we slept on the floor of the library on top of our inorganic chem textbooks – all the groceries and delis around NYU were open 24/7 so I remember getting some double espresso shots (since I don’t drink coffee, they really work on me) and pita bread and hummus and going along with my day thinking that this will not at all be the last of my all-nighters.

Facade's avatar

I think I was 8 or 9. I was probably just tired.

Harp's avatar

“Acceptance” is a great way to put it. It’s that feeling you get when you stop listening to your inner whiner that just wants to go to bed and keeps worrying about how crappy you’re going to feel tomorrow. You surrender to what you’ve got to do, and a peacefulness accompanies that surrender.

Cruiser's avatar

@holden The caffeine can wreck havoc with your bruised brain…give it a much needed break.

fireinthepriory's avatar

You know, I don’t think I have gone a night without sleeping at least 3 or 4 hours. Ever. Do I have to give back my bachelors’ degree??

holden's avatar

@fireinthepriory sure, give it to me and I’ll take care of it…

john65pennington's avatar

I have experienced many overnighters in the police business, especially working in CID(Criminal Investigation Division). i was on a a stakeout for three straight days waiting for the bad boy to show at a location. i think i slept a little with my eyes open during those days and nights. when it was over, i was a zombie. i was here, but i was not here. i went through the motions of living, but my brain never was in sync with my body, can you understand this? it took me a week to look in the mirror and realize that my name was John and that i did belong on this planet. Holden, you are not alone. john

CharlieGirl's avatar

Well,I was about 15 and I couldn’t wait to go to sleep.As soon as I hit the pillow,I was!

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

Like crap. Unfortunately, this did not change as I got older. When I was an intern, I typically pulled all-nighters every 4th night, and it totally sucked.

talljasperman's avatar

like I was watching myself thru a tunnel

MissAnthrope's avatar

I don’t operate well without sleep. It’s usually best for me to study as much as I can and get a decent rest, otherwise all that studying will be irretrievable and somewhat pointless. Basically, without enough sleep, I am a zombie, my brain doesn’t work, and I feel like hot steaming crap.

holden's avatar

It’s 11, I’m still doing this homework, and I’m starting to lose it. Ahhhhh, serves me right, it really does.

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