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How to recover after being awake all night

Updated February 21, 2017

Staying up all night is something that many people have experienced at least once. It should not be a regular occurence. Pulling all nighters is detrimental to your health and impedes functioning in daily life. If you have to stay up all night, due to studying or work, it's crucial recover. You must not allow your sleep schedule to get off track. If that happens, it will cause problems for days, or even weeks to come.

Stick to your regular schedule the day after being up all night. Do not skip activities or work, if at all possible. Drink your usual amount of coffee or tea the next day, if you drink it at all. Stop drinking any caffeinated beverages after 12 noon, as it could keep you up the next night.

Engage in short bursts of moderate activity during the day. If you find yourself nodding off or yawning uncontrollably, get up and take a 10 minute walk. If you are at work, even a short walk around the building will work. It is best to go outside and get some air and sunlight to help you stay alert.

Go to sleep no earlier than three hours before your usual bedtime. This is essential for keeping your sleep schedule on track. Do not go to bed later than your usual time, as that will also throw off your sleep schedule. This is essential, even if you are not tired.

Wake up at the usual time the next morning. Even though it is tempting, do not wake up any later than you normally would. This is the only way to keep your sleep schedule. Set an alarm clock and wake up on time.

Warning

Do not take caffeine pills or drink more caffeine than you are used to the day after being awake all night.

Things You'll Need

  • Alarm clock
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About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.