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How to Function on Little Sleep

After pulling an all-nighter, face the world without looking like a zombie.


  • Step 1: Drink caffeine Drink beverages with lots of caffeine but little or no sugar. Avoid energy drinks, as they are high in sugar, which will make you crash hard later.
  • Step 2: Be active Be physically active throughout the day. Take walks periodically get your blood flowing.
  • Step 3: Eat protein-rich food Eat protein-rich foods for breakfast such as eggs, lean meats, and nuts, which will give you lasting energy.
  • TIP: Keep a bag of nuts on hand to snack on.
  • Step 4: Take a nap Take a short nap in the afternoon – as little as 10 minutes! – to relieve your tired brain and body.
  • FACT: Drinking one beer when you are sleep-deprived has the effect of as many as two or three beers when you are well-rested.

You Will Need

  • A caffeinated beverage
  • Eggs
  • Lean meats
  • Nuts
  • A nap

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