Posted 8/20/13 by Brinton Parker in Lifestyle

3 Ways to Rock Your Late Night Study Sessions

Every college student is guilty of it: staying up until sunrise working on an essay, studying for an exam, or finishing a big project. Admittedly, sometimes it’s even browsing Reddit or binge-watching episodes of Breaking Bad that keeps us awake! Regardless of your reason for late night activity, here are some ways to stay awake and mentally active during your all-nighter.

1. Chocolate is a Student’s Best Friend

Awake Chocolate

Say goodbye to expensive energy drinks and badly brewed coffee, and hello to the best new way to caffeinate during study slumps! AWAKE Chocolate is a delicious alternative to traditional methods of energizing- each bar is equivalent to one cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine. It’s small enough to carry in a backpack (perfect for a library study sesh), comes in yummy flavors such as milk chocolate and caramel, and doesn’t present the risk of spilling all over your work or laptop like coffee.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a good chocolate bar?

2. Get Active

Two female joggers on foggy Morro Strand State Beach

When you begin to feel drowsy, get a little exercise in. Oftentimes when you’re tired, the last thing you want is to get up and do some pushups, but some stretching or a quick walk will help increase your alertness by stimulating blood-flow to your brain!

3. Pour Yourself a Cold One

Make a splash wherever you go!

… And by “cold one,” we mean a cold glass of water. Seriously! Cold water not only keeps you hydrated and healthy, but will also keep you needing to go to the bathroom during your study break. That way, even if you do fall asleep (on accident) you’ll have to get up within a couple of hours.


What are your tips for staying alert and making the most of your late-night study sessions? Leave a comment below. 

Brinton Parker

Brinton is a third year student at the University of California, Davis and is majoring in English, with a minor in Textiles & Clothing. Her passion (at the risk of sounding extremely cliché) is fashion, as well as writing, cooking, fitness, and movies. Pursuing a career in magazine journalism is the next check on her to-do list.