Foods for all-night study session?

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Looks like I'm gonna be pulling an all-nighter tonight, any one know what foods I should eat to prepare for it? Any other tips to stay awake?
 

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Something that always worked for me is to get something that lasts a long time and is also really chewy. The act of chewing something that sticks to your teeth a lot keeps you up, or at least it did for me. Good example would be a big bag of those tootsie roll minis.

Also toss in some caffeine (obviously) and maybe something with starch, like chips or something, and you should be good. I did a lot of all nighters last year and never really had any trouble, though I may have accelerated the aging process a bit, ha.
 
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Good sir, I will be joining you in the realm of not sleeping tonight. Good luck!
 

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I heard those 5 hour energy drinks actually work surprising well. And after 5 hours, you don't crash like other energy drinks. On the other hand...Braylon Edwards and Osi Umenyiora endorse it in super cheesy commercials, and look at how great they're playing this season..
 

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Don't dose yourself with caffeine. :thumbdown:
 

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Sunflower seeds are my study snack of choice. Not too filling and crackin the seeds in your mouth keeps ya up. Works for long drives when you're tired too. :)
 

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Don't dose yourself with caffeine. :thumbdown:
Unless you want to take a piss every 10 minutes don't overload of caffeine. Dries you out.

Stick to some water, maybe some fruit. Some nuts. All good brain food.
 

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Five hour energy is pretty great, the meal replacement bars that are high in protein are also a very good choice. I'm taking a nap till 4 in the morning then studying till my bio exam. Good luck to everyone joining me in this sleepless night.
 

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:banana::banana:PEANUT BUTTAH JELLI TIME PEANUT BUTTAH JELLI TIME:banana::banana:

WHAY YUAT WHAY YUAT:banana::banana:

on a more serious note, i like wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly
wheat+proteins+sugar=A++:thumbup:
 
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Diet Coke, peanut butter, crackers, chips, chinese food.
Basically anything you can eat to keep you going.
I know it's not good for your weight but just work it off later.
 

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Diet Coke, peanut butter, crackers, chips, chinese food.
Basically anything you can eat to keep you going.
I know it's not good for your weight but just work it off later.
Then we shall combine them with push ups.
 

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Apples are a good source of something that wakes you up, or you could use coffee. My snack of choice is hand popped (or air popped if you have one) popcorn. Low calories, especially if you don't use butter and go with salt or a bit of oil.
 

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Am I the only person that has absolutely no trouble pulling an all nighter? I usually have to make an effort to GO to sleep whereas all nighters come naturally. o_O
 

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I'm pulling an all-nighter tonight too.

Usually my biggest mistake is deciding to "study" in my bed...always leads to sleep but I still convince myself that it's a good idea.

What I do is take breaks and walk around. Drinking a lot of water or getting snacks require you to get up and go to the bathroom and kitchen which helps to wake you up.

I usually try and give my brain a rest before an exam for at least an hour. I usually can't fall asleep at that point so I just rest my eyes and just lay there.
 

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Yeah I'm up too guys. But no exam or anything tomorrow. Rather, this is for Thursday.
 
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it's also how i keep awake in class. plus the sound always annoys the people next to me. :smuggrin:
 

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Walnuts. High in omega-3 so good for your brain. Also, I like lemongrass and ginger tea. I always have the room quite cold. And I have lots of lights on. Corn thins with avocado are also good without being too high in calories. I also like sultanas. I don't have any caffeine. I usually try to get a few hours sleep before the exam. I make sure I don't just read - I draw, summarise, etc and this helps me stay awake. I have a whiteboard and draw on that. It helps me to stay awake because I have to stand up to write on it and it keeps my body moving by having to use the eraser when the board is full.
 

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mt. dew is keeping me awake atm, although my cognitive processes are seriously deteriorating. This paper is taking significantly longer to write compared to when I am awake... and it is sucking hardcore!!
 

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I should have finished this 7 page paper two days ago. I'm being an idiot and dragging it out. Did 2 pages in 30 minutes...go figure. This semester needs to end.
 

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Cleared from my record. Just one day of community service. Thanks for the thought.
 
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Water, water, water. Keep yourself hydrated!

Stay away from fatty/greasy foods. They will make you sleepy and want to doze off in the middle of an all-important all nighter. I usually stick to cereals, because they're easy to prepare for lazy people, such as myself at 3 in the morning, and they give me a quick supply of energy! :idea:
 

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Pulling an all-nighter on Tuesday night (tomorrow night)! Procrastination while writing an all nighter thread, anyone? Yeah? (will make one tomorrow)

WOOHOO!

To answer the OP's question... I tend to go with sour candy, fruit-flavored gum, diet coke, flavored seltzer(raspberry lime), 100calorie packs of popcorn (they're small, so they won't already be cold by the time you reach the end of the bag!), chips of all sorts, and anything crunchy.
 

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Chocolate covered coffee beans... those darn things are sooo addicting and they actually have quite a bit of caffeine, make sure you get some real food in you too though, all caffeine and no food makes you kind nutty around 2am...
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Just work at the library. I pulled an all nighter before every orgo exam last year and its much easier to concentrate and study if you're at the library with no laptop.

Also don't get distracted by food. Just eat a good meal before and have a snack that you can eat in a short amount of time to boost your energy if you need it. At least that's what works for me.
 

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Chocolate covered coffee beans... those darn things are sooo addicting and they actually have quite a bit of caffeine, make sure you get some real food in you too though, all caffeine and no food makes you kind nutty around 2am...
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It is even better if they are dark chocolate covered expresso beans. Trader Joes sells them, and I love them...
 

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Something that always worked for me is to get something that lasts a long time and is also really chewy. The act of chewing something that sticks to your teeth a lot keeps you up, or at least it did for me. Good example would be a big bag of those tootsie roll minis.

Also toss in some caffeine (obviously) and maybe something with starch, like chips or something, and you should be good. I did a lot of all nighters last year and never really had any trouble, though I may have accelerated the aging process a bit, ha.
Abba-Zaba bars, as seen in Half-Baked, are extremely chewy and delicious, if you like taffy and/or peanut butter. They can be hard to find, though. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba-Zaba

As for energy, you can't get any of these things in an hours notice as far as I know, but there's some pretty interesting stuff out there. Haven't tried any of these, though.

Caffeine Gum: http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/5b96/
Caffeine Mints: http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/8e62/
Guarana Candy bars: http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/9562/
 

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Actually just chewing plain coffee beans are better for keeping you awake. They have a nasty flavour that will certainly help in keeping you alert in addition to the caffeine. I'm at the point now where 2 litres of strong coffee per day is the norm.
 

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speaking of trader joe's, is anyone else a fan of those peanut butter filled chocolate covered pretzels? I can't stop eating them once the bag is opened.
 

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Am I the only person that has absolutely no trouble pulling an all nighter? I usually have to make an effort to GO to sleep whereas all nighters come naturally. o_O
lol, I'm a major insomniac too. I have to take Tylenol PM in order to fall asleep before 3:00am, and when I try to go to bed, I just lay quietly with my eyes closed for hours with my mind constantly wondering about what I have to do tomorrow:sleep:
 

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Edamame! What a delicious snack. If you get them still in the pod, then it keeps you a bit occupied, and if you get them already shelled, then you just pop them in your mouth and enjoy!

I'm boiling up a big package now to prepare for a night of neurobiology...
 

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well my motto is: study long study wrong, study light study right!

but when i do pull an allnighter i go with bbq chicken pizza. I get one and it lasts me all night. then some mountain dew and coffee.
 

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Cashews, Mt Dew, and water.

I don't know if it helps, but it sure tastes good.

Edit: I found this:
"Cashews are high in magnesium, which can "open up" the blood vessels in your body, including those in your brain. When more oxygen-rich blood nourishes your brain, like any organ, it operates better. By providing your body with phenylalanine, adding almonds to your diet can do wonders for your mental and neurological health. "

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adderall.

Oh wait. What?
Ha! You might need it for Thursday's chem 1 final if they put ******ed questions such as "explain Millikan's oil drop experiment" like they did on the first exam. Or maybe I'm just bitter since I missed that question and it wasn't even mentioned in the lecture. :D
 
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