If you’re a student and haven’t, at any given point, needed to pull an all-nighter, I have one burning question. How?
If you miraculously haven’t (and I sincerely applaud you for having your life together). One thing I can tell you now is, overall – it’s not a pleasant feeling. And I would know, I’ve pulled off several.
There’s this shift from a ‘high’ euphoric feeling (which only lasts a few short hours – if that) to feeling weak and ugh. But before this, it’s a kind of buzz you get from drinking too much coffee or if you’re immune to coffee like me, then rather like you’ve stepped out of a speeding car.
(I quickly searched this and apparently it was found that ‘the pleasure circuitry got a big boost after a missed night’s sleep.’) Hence the feeling of euphoria and increased energy. Oddly, I found that getting no sleep made my face look more awake and fresh. Not a beauty hack.
But eventually, it shifts to a feeling like the laziest, fattest devil is sat on your shoulders, dragging you from place to place. Mentally you’re unable to follow a sequence of orders properly. As least I felt like I couldn’t. I remember trying to get through the day on no sleep (over more than 24 hours) I went to get myself a coffee frap from Starbucks and I just fuzzed out. Not in a crazy-serious way but my sense of presence and articulation had decreased by that stage.
I just felt like my brain was in slow motion. I was there but not really. I stood in line for a minute or two deciding what I wanted, and by the time I was asked what I wanted, I said the wrong thing. Tried to correct it but even the staff looked at my confusion with even more confusion. I’m also a generally indecisive person when It comes to food etc so this wasn’t helping lol. The best way to describe this is feeling s p a c e d o u t.
I wanted to sleep because I knew I needed it to feel right, but by that point, I couldn’t just attain it. I had passed the window for when my body would have allowed me to sleep, and so I was to wait until my body really started craving some sleep again.
That was at 1 am that night.