How to have the perfect studying all-nighter


4/21/11

     We’ve all had to pull an all-nighter; whether it was because we just wanted to or because there was no way that we were going to finish the ten page English paper the night before.     All-nighters are a common occurrence in the lives of college students, but what if I told you that you were doing them wrong; that there is a way to have a perfect all-nighter. The one thing you need to chance is your diet. Here are some eating habits that could make your all-nighter go that much more smoothly.

1. Avoid Coffee. Although coffee might seem like it would be your best friend; the crash that it will give you will be detrimental. Instead drink cold water. Cold water prevents tiredness and that jolt of coldness will keep your eyes open.

2. Eat raspberries and bacon. They contain an amino acid called Tyramine that releases adrenaline and is a brain stimulant. Other sources include: raisins, oranges, grapes, pineapple, avocados, and soy products.

3. Eat oatmeal. Although sugar and carbs are tempting, the original energy rush will lead to a crash. Foods such as oatmeal and whole grain bread release glucose slowly which will gradually provide you sugar and lessen the crash.

4. Don’t eat too much food. Don’t eat all your food at once, stagger your snacks to every few hours. If you eat too much at once, your digestive system will take a lot of energy to digest all the food and take away from the energy that you need for studying.

5. No dairy.  Don’t eat dairy products such as milk and ice cream. Dairy products not only have calcium but have an amino acid called tryptophan (also found in turkey) that makes people sleepy.

6. Eat Apples.Apples keep your blood sugar stable so you’re able to stay awake longer. It works better than caffeine.7. Eat nuts. Nuts such as cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts contain magnesium. Research has shown that if you don’t have enough magnesium you can have less energy.

8. Eat dark chocolate. Dark chocolate will give you a boost of energy and put you in a better mood thanks to a stimulant called theobromine.

9. Bananas. They are composed of three different types of natural sugars and fiber to give a sustained boost of energy.

10. Stay away from energy drinks! Energy drinks, although they last for a few hours, will give you a bigger crash than coffee. Plus, drinking too many energy drinks can cause heart problems; as if your classes weren’t giving you enough to stress about!

http://pointeronline.uwsp.edu/pointlife/1011/all-nighter.html

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