The 26th President of the United States of America Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.”
Remember this when you’re struggling to finish a 1000-word essay requirement for English class or when you’re working three side jobs to save up for a cultural exchange program at a university abroad. Once you submit your article on time or pay for that international program in full, your achievement will become the face of what used to be your biggest obstacle. So when you’re still up again at 3 in the morning and your eyes are drooping, think of it as one of those nights you will have to go through to fulfill your dream someday.
You’re not just wishful thinking anymore, honey. You’re doing the grind and setting up the blocks of the future you have envisioned for yourself. Now when you just need a little help to stay awake, a cup of coffee or two is not always what you have to reach out for. Here are 7 tips that you could do by yourself to pull off an all-nighter for one more time, caffeine-free.
1. Work on a height-adjustable standing desk paired with a standing desk converter.
A height-adjustable desk will allow you to get your body moving. You may easily shift from a sitting position to a standing height so that you’ll get the energy that you need in order to stay awake. A standing desk converter on top of it will seal the deal because it gives additional height that is also adjustable and may improve your posture even more which makes you extra alert.
Flexispot has a wide catalog of ergonomic products including standing desks and standing desk converters. For instance, the Kana Bamboo Standing Desk has a desktop made out of natural bamboo with carbonized 2H lacquer coating. It boasts a dual-motor lifting system that can change height as fast as 1.26 seconds and still be at its maximum stability even when set at the highest, 46.5 inches that started from 27.2 inches.
Pair it with another eco-friendly product from Flexispot, the AlcoveRiser Bamboo Standing Desk Converter. It has a flexible height adjustment ranging from 28 to 31 inches high. The desktop can carry up to 33 lbs while the keyboard surface can accommodate 4.4 lbs. No need to worry if it might suddenly fall and drop because Flexispot has used a special engineered bracing system that ensures the best performance at maximum height and load.
2. Work with bright lights.
Turn the room lights on or use a lamp to brighten your work area. Darkness will make your body produce melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone. For you to stay awake, you need bright lights to set the circadian rhythm to be awake at night even though it’s already dark outside.
Flexispot has a task lamp that can be easily mounted on the surface of the table. It comes with an LED bulb, a rotatable head, and an adjustable arm. it’s easy to move the head and arm around at your desired height and angle as well as the distance from your light source to the project you are needing to stay up all night for.
3. Take naps throughout the whole night.
Never underestimate the power of a 25-minute nap to alter the course of your night. You still need a proper sleeping habit, of course, but on a night like this when you have no choice but to stay up, a power nap is maybe just what you need to restore a bit of energy in your system. If you are avoiding your bed, try installing the HK01 from Flexispot or the Hammock Under Desk. It’s specifically designed for office nappers
It comes with a base plate that needs to be installed under the desktop. This has holes where you will attach the metal buckle of the hammock to enjoy it. The weight capacity of the hammock is up to 220 lbs. It’s made with comfortable, durable, and easy-to-clean 210T parachute nylon fabric. This material is anti-fraying, anti-tearing, and dirt resistant.
4. Prepare mini tasks.
When you are drowsing off on your main one, shifting your focus into another task with a new set of things to do may help wake you up.
5. Drink water.
This will prevent dehydration that can cause fatigue.
6. Take deep breaths.
Raise the level of blood oxygen in your body by breathing deeply. Your heart rate will slow down, blood pressure will be lowered that will help give you the mental energy that you need to stay alert and awake. WebMD suggests inhaling and exhaling quickly through your nose while keeping the mouth shut. Do three of each cycle before going back to your normal breathing pace. Do this for 15 seconds on your first time, adding 5 seconds each cycle until you reach a minute.
7. Wash your face or take a shower.
To get that refreshing feeling, awaken your senses through the water. Opt for cold water to take a shower with, to wash your face with, or even just brush your teeth.
Reminder: It’s not going to be easy to survive the next day after an all-nighter. You’ll feel tired and sleep-deprived which would mess up with how your brain would function. According to WebMD, some studies show someone who just went through an all-nighter will function at the same level as someone drunk. To feel better throughout the day, take naps in between, be physically active, drink coffee, and avoid multitasking.
Some days, all-nighters are just unavoidable. We’ve all been there so suck it up and focus on what you have to do and finish.
But to avoid all-nighters, a workspace that improves efficiency and workflow will save time and make sure you maintain good health. Flexispot has a catalog of ergonomic products that promise comfort and relief while working.