New Ways To Pull Better All-Nighters In College: New Book

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A new book, How To Pull An AllNighter, shows college students new ways they can improve their mental efficiency during all-nighters.

A new book, How To Pull An AllNighter, shows college students new ways they can improve their mental efficiency during all-nighters.

For example, late-night drowsiness can be partially counteracted by ratcheting up the brightness of a desk lamp. Bright light counteracts drowsiness because the brain's sleep regulation mechanism reacts with a wakefulness response when bright light enters the eyes.

This technique appears on pages 39-40 of How to Pull An AllNighter, a new book published by Lulu,, which offers students a variety of ways to improve their all-nighter wakefulness, learning and memory. Science research journal references included.

Other all-nighter techniques include:

Don't eat fatty foods like burgers, french fries or potato chips during an all-nighter. Consuming dietary fat blocks the brain's ability to properly utilize the glucose it needs to fuel mental activities while studying and taking tests. (page 15)

The hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. are the toughest hours of the night to try to study. Mental efficiency automatically bottoms out during those hours due to the influence of an internal biological pacemaker, the circadian rhythm, which progressively reduces mental and physical efficiency at night. (pages 37-38)

Eat candy bars to give the brain caloric fuel to help optimize the neurochemistry of learning and memory during all-nighters. The brain usually utilizes twenty percent of all of the caloric glucose in the body, and burns through even more calories during prolonged periods of intense mental activity such all-nighters. (pages 13-14)

Eat potatoes for better concentration. Potatoes are one of the few foods that contain dietary boron, and boron-deficient diets have been shown by USDA research to reduce the ability to concentrate. (pages 148-149)

Don't drink alcohol before or during all-nighters. Alcohol consumption both reduces student mental efficiency while studying and disrupts the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep during which the brain processes and stores newly-acquired study memories. (pages 31-32, 38)

Mother was right: drink some milk before you sleep, if you decide to sleep at all. Milk contains l-trytophan, which helps the brain sleep properly and aids the processing and storage of new memories during sleep. (page 44)

How To Pull An AllNighter: Everything You Need To Know About How To Stay Up All Or Most Of The Night With Less Strain and Better Results by William Hope is published by Lulu,, as a trade paperback original, 212 pages, $14.95, and includes research references from neurochemistry, sleep research, nutrition, caffeine research and psychology.

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