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Posted Aug 18, '13 at 7:44am

Salvidian

Salvidian

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In order to re-regulate my ****ed sleep schedule, I've suddenly decided to stay up for 30 hours. I woke up at 1 pm and it's 6:40 am the next day. If everything goes according to plan, I'll be in bed and asleep by 7 pm today. I've been up for about 18 hours and I have about 12 hours left to go. I have little experience with this, but I think I'm holding up fairly well.

I'm taking cold showers every hour.
Drinking plenty of Mountain Dew for the caffeine, which is helping a lot.
Eating low-carb and low-sugar foods to combat food coma.
I've been cleaning the house.
Lights are all on.
Planning on going for a walk later.

At this point my legs are killing me and I'm starting to sway. As far as cognitive ability goes, I think I'm alright. Otherwise I'm just sleepy.

I'm making this thread to discuss staying up and I'm going to log what I do once in a while.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 7:49am

thebluerabbit

thebluerabbit

2,912 posts

yeah... what is the point of all that? if you feel bad its your body telling you that something is wrong. your body is not a toy and you should talk to a doctor or something...

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 7:53am

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

The point being I have school very soon and I don't have a week to fix myself the normal way. I work very weird hours during the summer. And I mean, it isn't serious or anything. Normal wear and tear. Swaying a little bit after working my body for this long should be expected... I would think.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 8:37am

Bronze

Bronze

2,337 posts

If a friend wants to hang out on my off day, I'll stay up 20 plus hours. The trick is to just have something to do the entire time.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 11:44am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,970 posts

As far as cognitive ability goes, I think I'm alright.

That's on the level of a drunk saying that he's sober.

I woke up at 1 pm and it's 6:40 am the next day.

What time did you sleep to wake up at 1?

Planning on going for a walk later.

Go with someone if you can. Collapsing somewhere could be a problem.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 11:47am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,970 posts

That's on the level of a drunk saying that he's sober.

What I mean is, there's often a bit of confirmation bias. Do something objective, like math problems, to see if you're still really doing good or if you're nuts.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 11:50am

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

That's on the level of a drunk saying that he's sober.

Realized that as soon as I posted it.

What time did you sleep to wake up at 1?

6 am? I got up a little early.

I went for the walk, had a couple of showers since then and I'm doing much better. I read that at about 10 am your body naturally gives you a second wind because it's more accustomed to the daytime, and I think I just felt that. I'm not too tired and my fatigue has slowed. But it's getting harder to strong words together into sentences.

Say, is my typing a little hard to read?

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 11:52am

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

strong words

string*

The irony is killing me.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 11:54am

daleks

daleks

3,176 posts

I one time stayed up for like 24 hours but it was not by choice. I cannot sleep on planes and it was a 9 hour red eye flight. I was pretty zombieish by the end. I would not have gotten to the hotel without my parents.

 

Posted Aug 18, '13 at 12:50pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,230 posts

Wow Sal..I see you have very little experience in this. You are over-preparing like CRAZY.

-Stay on the computer a lot, but don't lay down. Use it at a desk where you have to sit.
-Instead of cold showers, randomly place ice on the back of your neck...or even better, down your ****. But close of the bottom so the ice doesn't fall out right away.
-Do something that'll keep your attention but has to have you be alert for it. Video games, watching something funny, etc.
-Stop with the Dew. All it'll dew is give you a sugar crash. Unless you are like me, where sugar crashes aren't a thing for you, then go ahead. If not, opt for like ice cold water...or 5hour energy if you gots it.
-Stop with the working so much. The walking, cleaning, etc...it may all sound like great ideas..but all you are doing is tiring your already exhausted body out more.

 
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