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TIPS & TRICKS TO FIGHT OFF FATIGUE
11/3/2004 | Jaysun

Posted on 11/03/2004 10:14:20 AM PST by Jaysun

I frequently pull “all-nighters” because I like to trade foreign currency. It occurred to me that there might be several of you that skipped the sack last night – as I did – because of the elections. Here are some things that I’ve found helpful in fighting off fatigue from lack of sleep.

Some advise against large amounts of caffeine in this situation. I disagree. I actually have a feedbag of coffee on my shoulder at all times. Try not to get out of hand though because drinking too much will make you feel irritated rather than more energetic.

Eat. In addition to the three basic meals each day, try to consume some snacks. The best snacks tend to be saltine crackers, pretzels, animal crackers, and other such munchies. My drug of choice is peanut M&M’s. Snacking is indispensable for feeding your body and mind. Three meals are usually sufficient for someone who sleeps, but remember that your body is working when it would rather be resting, and therefore needs the extra energy to keep it going.

Have plenty of water and juice, and drink whenever you're thirsty. Apple juice is a phenomenal energy booster, and for most people it works better than caffeine. You could substitute an apple if you don’t have any juice on hand. I’ve also heard lots of my fellow insomniacs ballyhoo orange juice as a superman tonic, but I’ve not found it as effective as apple juice.

Wear Comfortable Clothes and remove your shoes when possible.

Short naps (10-15 minutes, 20 minutes max) are great for short-term alertness boosts. Stay away from 1-hour naps. Due to the way your sleep patterns run, a 1-hour nap will often leave you feeling groggy and tired, when a shorter nap will not.

I have had some success with combining caffeine and a short nap. I guzzle a nauseatingly strong cup of the black stuff and then immediately go sleep for 10-20 minutes. The effect of the caffeine and the nap seem to compliment each other as a way of getting some rest and yet waking up with a clear head.

Exposure to sunlight and other bright light helps to keep you alert. Open the blinds or curtains on your windows or add extra light to the room with lamps. Keeping the room bright works surprisingly well. Your eyes are likely to be red and tired. You can try eye drops or simply splash and wash your face and eyes with cool water for a few minutes. Not only will this perk you up, it may help to make you look less like a corpse.

If your job involves sitting in one place, such as at a computer desk, take frequent walks, even if it's only in the immediate area. Sitting in one place for hours at a time will most certainly add to sleepiness.

If it’s impractical for you to get up and wander around several times a day you can try the two exercises below. Now, you’ll look ridiculous as hell while doing them so it’s best to do them in privacy:

Exercise One: This helps especially for long hours sitting at a desk or in front of a computer. It increases your oxygen intake, relaxes your neck and shoulder muscles, and wakes up your nervous system and brain. Place your palms flat on the desk in front of you then lower your chin to your chest. Let your head go forward as far as you can without pain, just into a comfortable stretch. Allow your shoulders to droop. As you take a deep breath through your nose, draw a semi-circle using the tip of your nose as the pen to move your head forward, up and back arching over your shoulders. Also allow your back to arch like a bow and allow your ribs to open and expand. Then as you exhale curve the back forward like a cat arching its back and once again rest the chin on or near the chest. Repeat this 3-5 times.

Exercise Two: Place one hand over the navel. This brings your attention to your center of gravity and your breath. Breathe into this hand. With your other hand gently press the indentations directly under your collarbone to the left and right of your breastbone. These "buttons" lie just above where the carotid arteries branch off to the brain and can stimulate blood flow to your brain. Stop and hold then press again. This wakes up your brain for new incoming information. It also gets your eyes moving again and out of ‘ocular lock’, which happens when you get on overload or stare at computer screens for too long a time.


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KEYWORDS: allnighter; fatigue; hints; insomnia; insomniacs; tips; tricks
I hope this helps!
1 posted on 11/03/2004 10:14:22 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun

Last night was the latest I have stayed up in a decade. 1:30AM


2 posted on 11/03/2004 10:15:28 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Jaysun

Gee, I don't know. No offense intended, but considering what you do to your body, I'm not sure I want to take health advice from you. LOL.


3 posted on 11/03/2004 10:17:16 AM PST by keats5
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To: AppyPappy
Last night was the latest I have stayed up in a decade. 1:30AM

I didn't want to miss anything, so I went all the way. I've not slept a wink.
4 posted on 11/03/2004 10:19:54 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: AppyPappy

Beat ya....I stayed up til 5:am EST...an I'm out here in Las Vegas!

Yes, I can't really remember the last time I stayed up that late.


5 posted on 11/03/2004 10:21:03 AM PST by Seeking the truth ( www.0cents.com - See Vietcong Vets for Kerry stuff here!)
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To: Jaysun

Thanks! I really needed this!


6 posted on 11/03/2004 10:21:09 AM PST by zook
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To: Jaysun

I too trade currencies. I find I feel much more rested after a good trade and very tired after a loser. I suspect we all feel pretty well rested today.


7 posted on 11/03/2004 10:21:53 AM PST by RtWngr
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To: keats5
Gee, I don't know. No offense intended, but considering what you do to your body, I'm not sure I want to take health advice from you. LOL.

LOL! Well, that's understandable. I'm a certified workaholic and don't advise everyone to frequently avoid sleep as I do - but these things do work!
8 posted on 11/03/2004 10:22:10 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun
I didn't want to miss anything, so I went all the way. I've not slept a wink.

Me either, have not slept yet, but am wearing out fast, but DO NOT want to miss sKerrys "Loss speech" and Bush's VICTORY SPEECH! What to do, what to do!!!

9 posted on 11/03/2004 10:22:40 AM PST by blondee123
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To: Jaysun

the absolute best thing to stay awake is eatting sunflower seeds in the shells. somethign about deshelling them with your teeth and tongue makes you alert...it is weird but works everytime.


10 posted on 11/03/2004 10:22:48 AM PST by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: AppyPappy

I went to bed at 3:30 (eastern) and got up at 7. I'm dying for a nap!


11 posted on 11/03/2004 10:22:55 AM PST by RockinRight (Bush's rallies look like World Series games. Kerry's rallies look like Little League games.)
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To: AppyPappy

We made it til 3:30, then crashed. I think we just wanted to see it turn to 270...lol I knew we wouldn't get to, but we were afraid as soon as our heads hit the pillows, it would happen. I had to wake up at 6:30 to open my home daycare, so my precious hubby showed up with a 20oz cappuccino to help give me a boost. The problem now is...I have five slumbering children in the room, the lights low, soft music playing...zzz..zzzz..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


12 posted on 11/03/2004 10:23:38 AM PST by OkieDokieSmokie ("We will not tire, We will not falter, We will not fail." -President George W. Bush, Oct. 26, 2001)
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To: Jaysun

I was the mother of 5 children under 6 many years ago. I couldn't have done anything you suggested. I just moved through the day and was lucky if I got 4 hours sleep a night for about 2 years,

We survive!!!!!


13 posted on 11/03/2004 10:25:04 AM PST by Mears
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To: Jaysun

SLEEP


14 posted on 11/03/2004 10:25:58 AM PST by Freemeorkillme
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To: Jaysun

Thanks, am passing on to my boss also.

Made it until 3, then didn't think I would fall asleep, but it took <5 min.


15 posted on 11/03/2004 10:26:37 AM PST by eyespysomething (Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.)
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To: AppyPappy

Went to bed at 6:00 a.m. this morning and was back up at 10:00 a.m.

Coincidentally, the first thing I did was grab an apple.
Now I'm sKared. I'd hate to get addicted. LOL


16 posted on 11/03/2004 10:28:18 AM PST by LakeLady (WOOF! WOOF! Female Alpha Dog Political Activists Reign. Pajama Puppies treed the demonRATS!)
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To: Jaysun

I don't dare open the blinds or go out into the sunlight...my eyes, my eyes!


17 posted on 11/03/2004 10:28:53 AM PST by mystery-ak (PRAY, PRAY, PRAY....for Victory)
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To: RtWngr
I too trade currencies. I find I feel much more rested after a good trade and very tired after a loser. I suspect we all feel pretty well rested today.

Indeed! I bagged an easy 120 PIPS last night.
18 posted on 11/03/2004 10:29:59 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun

Hehe! Staying up all night is a regular thing for me. :-)


19 posted on 11/03/2004 10:30:04 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Jaysun

I stayed up until 2:20 following the threads on FR...then got called at 3:45 from work and wound up staying up the rest of the night working on a problem. So, I am a FReeping worthless zombie right now, LOL. Happy and proud to have done my tiny one-vote part to re-elect President Bush, but brain-dead as can be.

}:-)4


20 posted on 11/03/2004 10:31:49 AM PST by Moose4 (Tomorrow, we move forward. Today, we gloat our butts off.)
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To: mystery-ak
I don't dare open the blinds or go out into the sunlight...my eyes, my eyes!

I always go for the lamp method. I never raise the blinds for fear that my neighbors will see my pasty white flesh. :o)
21 posted on 11/03/2004 10:32:53 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Walkingfeather
the absolute best thing to stay awake is eatting sunflower seeds in the shells. somethign about deshelling them with your teeth and tongue makes you alert...it is weird but works everytime.

That really is bizarre. I'll give it a try sometime.
22 posted on 11/03/2004 10:34:14 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun
I have had some success with combining caffeine and a short nap.

I do that all the time. It does work well but you have to have a major caffeine tolerance to pull it off.

23 posted on 11/03/2004 10:34:44 AM PST by foolscap
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To: Freemeorkillme
SLEEP

Sleep? That's absurd. Don't you know that people die in bed? :o)
24 posted on 11/03/2004 10:35:37 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun

yeah saved my life many many times driving at night across country


25 posted on 11/03/2004 10:36:59 AM PST by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: Jaysun

Thanks for the info - I called it a night around 2:35 last night - had to get up by 6:30 - haven't done that in quite some time!!!


26 posted on 11/03/2004 10:38:05 AM PST by MasonGal
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To: Jaysun

Snacks , M&M's, coffee is good to me. Also try to consume protein to avois those sugary dips.


27 posted on 11/03/2004 10:38:44 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: Jaysun

Thanks. I am dragging today. I was up until 3 am. At least I work out of my home and can rest when I want to.


28 posted on 11/03/2004 10:41:15 AM PST by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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Thanks. I am dragging today. I was up until 3 am. At least I work out of my home and can rest when I want to.

I'm glad to help my fellow zombies. By the way Vicki, I read your profile page and I agree with you completely. My wife stays home with the kids.
29 posted on 11/03/2004 10:46:09 AM PST by Jaysun
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To: Jaysun

Bed death? Ahhhh. Clinton happens, you know.


30 posted on 11/03/2004 10:54:46 AM PST by Freemeorkillme
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To: Walkingfeather

Sunflower seeds are the greatest way to stay awake while driving. David and Sons are too salty--you get lip burns on too long of a trip (also you have to eat too many bitter worms) Frito-Lay are pretty good. Wal-Mart--dreadful! Switched to Spitz brand on recommendation from a highway patrol accident investigator. (We were talking about how good sf seeds are at keeping you awake.) Spitz seeds are plump, tasty and virtually worm-free (maybe because they're a Canadian product and worms don't live that far north????


31 posted on 11/03/2004 11:13:08 AM PST by Dr. Zzyzx
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very helpful post to many, i'm sure...
i'm still kind of a newlywed, and my wife had to be at the airport at 5:30am (flight attendant) so i stayed in the spare room playing city of heroes with my brother and watched fox....very relaxing. i usually only do all-nighters on the comp with my brother when wife is on a weekend trip, so it was a nice mid-week all-nighter :)
32 posted on 11/03/2004 11:13:55 AM PST by jer2911tx (john kerry doesn't like rice, or as he calls it 'weapons of ass destruction')
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