What do you do if you MUST stay awake but you're exhausted?
Exhausted means you are completely used up. You would have to regain energy in someway. Either through rest or getting nutrition that would give you energy. If you are just extremely tired and need to keep going you can use adrenaline. Pain or discomfort can also keep you awake.
buckleupdorothy: I am awful at staying awake. Even if I've slept good the night before. My body is very biorhythmic...I get hungry at the same time each day, and at bedtime, my body is READY to go to sleep.
I have not been in a situation where I have HAD to stay awake for quite a long time. I remember back in college when I was pledging for a sorority (never would I do that today!) part of our "hell" weekend was staying awake all Friday night until around midnight on Saturday night. Though it was years ago, I remember I was so exhausted that I just sobbed.
When studying for exams in college, late at night, I took NoDoz. Big mistake. The side effects gave me the shakes, diarrhea and dizziness.
Sleep deprivation makes me very weepy, and I can't tolerate very much either.
So, in answer to your question, if it happened now, I would probably stay on my feet, walk, and drink caffeine. And crave getting into bed.
Without context and more information it is impossible to provide a useful answer.
Either drink loads of coffee or tea. Maybe watch a film or read a book. sometimes even talking to another person will keep you awake.
But if you've got to that stage where your eyes just won't stay open no matter how hard you've try, then it's going to be lights out and you will fall asleep no matter how hard you try to stay awake.
Definitely drink a lot of coffee. Since I find that coffee has a short term effect on me, I'll probably have to drink one every hour. I work at night so I have to stay awake especially when I've been out the entire day! Pretty tough but I've managed to do it. A simple trick is to take a power nap when you can. This works wonders for me!
I used to work nights delivering papers. The time when I got the papers varied, but since I had to go as soon as I got them, I had to be awake waiting at the plant from 12 midnight on till whenever. So, I was exhausted all the time. I took full advantage of the '5 Hr. Energy Drink'.
That and Red Bull helped me through some tough times.
Power naps! If you can do them, they are great. I am only occasionally successful -- my husband can sleep for twenty minutes and be totally refreshed. Caffeine makes me queasy if I am tired, but sometimes a protein shake or fresh super juice can really help.
Caffeine! Hey!! Really u can only get so tired! 20 min r&r!
In addition to the other excellant answers here, there are accupressure points in the small of your back on either side of the spine that will give you a burst of energy when rubbed.
Make fists and place them in the small of your back so the knuckles are up against your back. Rub briskly up and down. You'll find that you get a little burst of energy
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