How to stay awake all night (for teens)

How to stay awake all night (for teens)
How to stay awake all night (for teens)

A night without sleep can be very hard on the body, but sometimes you have no other choice. Whether it's just for fun or to finish an assignment, just look for a few ideas that will help you stay awake all night.


Part 1 of 3: prepare for a sleepless night

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Step 1. Understand your body's response to lack of sleep

About 24 hours after your usual wake-up time, your body will feel exhausted.

  • According to experts, this is due to the body's internal clock. In fact, it is the circadian rhythm. So you may feel more tired after 24 hours without sleep than after, say, 30 hours.
  • Your body clock will periodically give you a boost of energy. The body gives a wake-up signal to the brain, which gives you a boost of energy, despite the lack of sleep. There are steps you can take to get your body to wake up.
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Step 2. When you are tired, make sure you are safe

If you have no choice but to have a sleepless night, make sure you do it without putting yourself in danger. Realize, however, that depriving your body of sleep is not good for it. This causes the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

  • Don't drive after a sleepless night. It could be incredibly dangerous, for you and for other drivers. It has also been found that studying through the night tends to result in lower grades. To do this, develop strategies so that you don't have to do it in the future.
  • Be aware that staying awake all night will affect your body in several ways that can be dangerous. You might forget things and your reaction time might take longer. People who lack sleep find it more difficult to multitask, indicating a decline in their memory.
  • Long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to a host of negative effects on the body, such as weight gain, mood swings and muscle fatigue. So if you decide not to sleep, be sure to give your body a chance to rest. You will have to make it a habit.

Part 2 of 3: keep your body more alert

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Step 1. Take a quick nap at night or just before dark

Alright, you won't be staying exactly awake all night, but taking a nap, even for just a few minutes, might be enough to improve your performance and reduce the signs of fatigue. Closing your eyes for a few moments might help keep you awake the rest of the night.

  • One study has shown that people do better after getting just 26 minutes of sleep. So close your eyes for a few moments and you'll have less trouble staying awake the rest of the night and the day after. The secret is to only take a short nap, so you don't go into a phase of deep sleep, which you would have a hard time waking up from.
  • You might also get a little extra sleep the night before, if you know you're going to have to get a sleepless night. Your body will store sleep, and it will be easier for you to stay awake for a long time.
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Step 2. Check that the lights are on and that they are bright

Your body's natural clock is aware of changes in light and you will feel more awake in the light. The body clock is physically linked to the eyes.

  • If you are extremely tired the next day, go outside. Sunlight will wake up your body even more. Darkness causes the body to produce the sleep hormone melatonin.
  • People’s instinct is usually to turn off the lights at night, but then you will feel even more tired as your body will realize that it is time to sleep. By turning on the lights brighter than usual, you will trick your body.
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Step 3. Get busy and get moving

Your brain will be more alert after a few movements. If you don't have time to exercise, you could just chat with someone, wash the dishes: do something that will ask your body to focus on a new action for a while.

  • Changing your activity could also help wake your body up. Your body will be more alert to compensate for the new activity. Your body will feel less tired while you are busy, as it will have to focus on a task rather than lack of sleep.
  • Mental activity might also help keep you awake, as you will be focusing on something other than your fatigue. For example, try playing a game. However, some mental activities, such as reading, may make you feel even more sleepy, especially if you lie down and practice them. You could, however, listen to a radio program.
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Step 4. Lower the room temperature

Body temperature naturally drops during sleep and people sleep better when it is cooler. However, in a room that is too hot, you will tend to doze off.

  • Another way to make your body feel more awake is take a cold shower and get dressed for the day.
  • In addition to lowering the temperature in the room, you could also open a window. The draft, along with the low temperature, should help keep you awake (if it's cool outside).

Part 3 of 3: eat and drink to stay awake

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Step 1. Drink caffeine overnight

Coffee or an energy drink will give you the energy boost you need to stay awake through the night. However, don't eat a lot of it all at once. To stay awake, consume small amounts of these drinks throughout the night. Some studies have shown that caffeine can help you concentrate better.

  • Most people need a 150ml cup of coffee or caffeinated drink to get the results they want. This is roughly equivalent to 100 milligrams of caffeine. The effect of caffeine will wear off in a few hours and it will take about 30 minutes for your body to feel the effects.
  • You can also get 100 mg or 200 mg caffeine capsules. These are sold without a prescription. Be aware that consuming too much caffeine could make you restless and lead to side effects. When you stop caffeine, your body may experience a drop in energy and you may feel even more tired.
  • If you don't drink coffee, eat apples. These contain enough sugar to keep you awake.
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Step 2. Eat high energy foods

Some foods will give your body more energy than others. If you are having a sleepless night, you will need to provide your body with enough to last. Don't skip meals.

  • Eat something that contains protein, fiber, or complex carbohydrates. For example, a sandwich with a glass of milk or granola with fruit. You will also need to drink plenty of water. Staying well hydrated will energize your body.
  • Whole grains, tuna, mushrooms, nuts, eggs, chicken and beef are high energy foods. Foods that are too fatty or too sweet, high in empty calories and sugars, will cause an energy drop later and the energizing effects will only be temporary.
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Step 3. Avoid anything that will promote fatigue and anything that could be dangerous

Choose natural ways to stay awake through the night, and avoid ways that could put you in danger. Be very careful about what you put in your body.

  • Adolescents should not drink alcohol anyway (wait until they are of legal age before consuming alcohol). However, be aware that alcohol tends to make you drowsy.
  • Do not use drugs that are usually prescribed as stimulants to get a sleepless night. It is not worth taking this risk of putting your body in danger. This type of behavior can be incredibly dangerous and even illegal.
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Step 4. Develop better habits

So you won't have to stay awake all night regularly. Sometimes this will be inevitable (exceptionally). However, by organizing your life differently, you won't have to do it on a regular basis.

  • Improve the way you study. People often feel overwhelmed when they think of all they have to do. Get into the habit of making a list of the things you need to do. Determine a time to study, each day at the same time, so that it becomes a habit.
  • Studies have shown that teens' sleep patterns are different from those of adults. Young people's bodies often tell them to stay awake later in the day. This is a natural process. If you clear your head away from the computer, your phone, and video games, you'll easily sleep sooner.


  • Do not lie down too long, as it will be difficult for you to get up afterwards.
  • If you absolutely cannot stay awake this late, consider drinking a soda that contains caffeine, such as Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Coke, etc. Make sure your parents don't see you doing it!
  • Try not to wake anyone up. Otherwise, you would get caught and could be in trouble.
  • Make sure there is no school the next day.
  • If you're listening to music, make sure it's not relaxing music. This soothes the mind and promotes sleep.
  • Drink lots of green tea and English breakfast tea. They're both delicious with a little bit of sugar. They will give you the energy you need to stay awake.
  • If you have class the next day, do your homework the next day and get ready for school.
  • Drink a strong coffee before starting your sleepless night: it will help you stay alert.
  • Don't stay in a relaxing position for too long. Try to change your position about every 30 minutes.

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