Pull an All Nighter With a Friend

All-Nighters are fun, and a way to challenge yourself and your friends! During an all-nighter, you can leave behind daily routines and just commit to whatever activities you want. Remember that most people are much more creative during the night than during the day.


  1. Before you actually begin, try to sleep as long as possible. If you are free from work/school during the weekend, Saturday is a better day than Friday to pull an all-nighter because you can probably sleep longer in the morning.
  2. Make sure you eat real, healthy food during the day, as you will not be cooking during the night.
  3. Get lots of protein or carb snacks. Candy and sugar can give a crash, whereas protein can sustain you for a longer period of time. Maybe try peanut butter or beef jerky. Get things that are easy to prepare. Also make sure you have lots of coffee ready for brewing. If you don't drink coffee, try tea or energy drinks.
  4. Decide a couple of activities to do. Playing computer games/video games is recommended since it will usually get your adrenaline flowing. If you are going to watch movies, make sure they aren't too slow paced. Action, thriller, horror, and witty comedies are best. Stay away from romances.
  5. Set a time to start and a time to quit. A real all-nighter cannot stop until 7-9 AM, when neighbours and other people wake up and start going about their daily lives.
  6. After your fun night, watch the sunrise. This is one of the best parts of an all-nighter.
  7. If anyone does actually fall asleep make sure you mess with them a bit like fingers in warm water, toothpaste or shaving cream or whipped cream on their hand and then mess with them. The adrenaline flow and all the laughing will be enough to keep you up for a while. And that'll teach the person who fell asleep to stay up for longer.
  8. If you really get bored try Ding Dong Ditch or prank calls. But keep in mind that nobody but you and your friends will like them.
  9. If you are on the computer, turn the lighting to dark as to not to strain your eyes, or to make you sleepy.
  10. Drink energy drinks such as Monster, Red Jak, Viper, or AMP.Or, if you don't like energy drinks, drink coffee or soda.
  11. Don't wear clothing that relaxes you. It could help you relax and eventually fall asleep.
  12. Splash a cup of ice water on yourself every time you start feeling drowsy.
  13. If you feel tired then plug in some headphones and play your music full blast as it keeps you awake.


  • Whatever you do, do not lie down for a few minutes and think you're gonna get up, because you are not, especially not at 4:30 in the morning.
  • Splash your face with icy cold water. This will help you stay awake.
  • Try to keep the light on, even if it's dim or a low light.
  • If your parents are in the house, do not play any music or films really loud as this could wake them up and even possibly end your all nighter.
  • If someone starts to fall asleep, call the person's name out loud. If he or she nods off again, consider pausing for a walk or fresh coffee. Make sure this person knows the rest of you are counting on him/her to make it through to the set time.
  • Also, don't just expect that you can pull an all-nighter if it is your first time. Before that big sleepover, try sleeping later and later at night, and then your body will be used to it.
  • Don't get too comfortable, this can make you sleep easily.
  • Don't stay up for more than 48 hours. It's unhealthy to go without sleep for long.
  • No matter what you do do not turn any lights off, especially during the movies.
  • Don't drink too much caffeine, because while it is good for an energy boost, it is likely that you will crash afterwards.
  • All-Nighters don't have to be constricted to movies and computer-games. Get together to write a short story, write a couple of songs, paint, sew clothes, build Legos etc. People will usually be more likely to join in irregular activities if they are associated with an all-nighter.
  • Take short walks outside between the game sessions, movies or whatever activities you decide to do. The fresh air and movement do better than another cup of coffee.
  • An all nighter can be a great opportunity to get on an earlier sleep schedule. Just stay awake all day and fall asleep early.
  • Good types of movies are scary ones (Disturbia, Saw 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, JAWS, stuff like that) and funny ones (Norbit, a DVD of Friends, any season will do, The Simpsons Gone Wild, Scary Movie 3...) Adventure movies, that are really fast- paced and energetic are good too.
  • If you have to go to the bathroom, holding it keeps you awake, but don't do this for too long or it could cause health issues.
  • Make sure that the next day you aren't doing anything too important!
  • Do not just close your eyes and tell yourself that it's just for a second; you will wake up at nine in the morning.
  • Watch tons of TV or videos (anything on a screen, really) beforehand because blue light makes you stay up. Be aware that this is not very healthy, especially if you do it frequently.
  • A nice maximum stay-up time is like 2:45 pm to 3 pm.
  • Always help one another stay up, unless they're drunk you should probably help with getting them a cab.
  • Splash your face with cold water if you feel sleepy but don't wipe it off.


  • If you get caught, make up an excuse. For example, say you had to go to the bathroom, had a bad dream, etc.
  • Don't drive home from an all-nighter. Driving while extremely tired (not to mention shaky from all the caffeine) is as dangerous as driving drunk. Get a taxi or have someone pick you up.
  • Make sure you don't have anything important to do the day after an all-nighter. Chances are you won't be able to sleep as much as you need (or at all) during the day.
  • If you do sleep as much as you want after an all-nighter, you will probably wake up late in the afternoon or in the evening. This will make it very hard to fall asleep that night, thus making you stay up again and again, creating a problematic sleeping pattern. Set an alarm for the time you want to get up, noon or earlier.
  • Don't drink too much coffee or energy drinks, you will get sick. The limit is according to the individual, but you should be able to make it through the night on six cups of coffee or less.
  • Don't deprive yourself of too much sleep. Suddenly altering your sleeping patterns can lead to diabetes and cancer in the long run. Be very careful! If only doing this for fun, 5 AM is all night, if you want sleep.
  • After the rise is the fall. Don't drink too much caffeine or take sugary products too much. If you decide to stop taking these in the middle of the night, you will crash, this is never pleasant. Once you start, you can't stop.

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