A few tips for successfully pulling an all-nighter

There are tons of tips out there on how to properly pull an all-nighter. To help you with the Overnight Website Challenge (18 hours away) we’ve pulled together a few of our favorites.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep While You Can
We’re talking the night before. Go to bed early, sleep as much as you can. It’s been shown that American’s don’t get enough sleep, so you’re already tired. Tonight get to bed early, squeeze in eight solid hours of sawing logs if at all possible.


“Experts” seem pretty divided on if caffeine helps or hinders during an all-nighter. Those who are against caffeine are wrong, dead wrong. It’s a beautiful chemical that interupts the sleep chemicals in your brain. While Benjamin Franklin was fond of saying “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” I’d make a strong argument that caffeine might be the proof.

As they say, you can have too much of a good thing. Watch the caffeine intake. Too much might leave you jittery and irritable, too little might leave you snoozing, and way too much can allegedly kill you. You can download and print out this handy Caffeine Calculator or visit Death by Caffeine to see how much you’d have to ingest before it killed you.

Plan For a Nap

Susan Inglis who was on last year’s winning Team IB said planning for naps is imperative. Her team won last year, who are we to argue? Plus, our own president Luke Bucklin (pictured above during last year’s challenge) seems to agree, naps are good.

Get up & Get Your Blood Flowing
We suggest these kinds of activities to get your blood pumping.

Or, if you like to go the safe route, you could try something like this:


Light snacks throughout the night will keep your blood sugar from plummeting and help you stay more alert. Plus, you’re packing another 8 or so hours into your day, you need that extra meal. However, with fresh fruits, salty snacks, Chipotle, Umbria Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, we got you covered on this one.

Turn Up the Radio

Seriously. This is more than just a ploy to get Autograph’s “Turn Up the Radio” named the official theme song of the Overnight Website Challenge 09. Every article I read about the proper way to pull an all-nighter mentions music as an important factor, especially loud music with a lot of bass. But make sure to bring some headphones as to not to annoy everyone with your repeated listening of Human League’s Fascination.

Remember to Blink

The Mayo Clinic has a boatload of tips for reducing eyestrain when working in front of a computer for a long period of time.