Today (Tue 10th May, 2016) is… Stay Up All Night Night


Dates

10th May each year

Everyone has pulled an all-nighter at least once in their lives—some for fun, like singing songs around a campfire, others for something not so fun, like finishing homework due the next day or working a late shift. For one day of the year, you can stay up in unison as hundreds of people across the world celebrate Stay Up All Night Night! This is a chance to let loose and make some exciting plans with your friends, or just see where the night takes you. Whatever happens, the rule is simple: no sleep till morning! So why not challenge yourself and see how long you can stay awake before nodding off, or why not have your friends stay over and place a bet on who will fall asleep first? As long as you don’t have anything important to do the next day, go for it!

The History of Stay Up All Night Night

Staying up all night is definitely no new concept. People like medical professionals have been staying up all night to do their jobs for hundreds of years, with countless people’s lives depending on whether they would have their wits about them at 3 a.m. Today, tens of other jobs require work to be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the United States, an estimated 26% of the population works nights, so it is quite probable that you know someone who does this. What you may not know, however, is just how many risks working nights poses to your health, from sleep disturbances to obesity, from fatigue to depression, and from cardiovascular disease to fertility problems, to name but a few. And can you imagine just how hard it could be to concentrate on performing a complex medical procedure in the middle of the night? Stay Up All Night Night was created to help those of use who don’t have to stay up all night to do our jobs understand how much effort actually goes into that.

How to Celebrate Stay Up All Night Night

The best way to celebrate this night is to stay up all night. Of course, you don’t have to make a point of trying to work through the night, as it could be difficult for a person who doesn’t do this on an everyday basis to focus properly. It’s enough that you try to stay awake all through the night, whatever you may be doing. So, are you up for a challenge? Great! Have some friends come over and do something to keep you all awake. You can stay up and cook or bake, play your favorite card game, go out on the town, or watch movies (horror movies maybe more effective at keeping people awake!). Basically, you can do anything you want, although consuming alcohol could be very counterproductive, as it tends to make people sleepy. If you want to make things more interesting, maybe every person coming over to spend the night can put up a certain sum of money, with the person staying awake the longest getting to take the jackpot? Whatever you decide to do, this night is almost certain to be an eye-opener to everyone who thinks that staying awake all night when everyone you know is asleep is just as easy as staying awake during daylight hours.

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