For generations, we have been staying awake all night on Shavuos, learning Torah. This is not an easy feat for us, so here are some tips:
1.) Start your day out right with breakfast. Yes, I know you’ve already heard the health benefits of why you should have breakfast every day but let me add my voice to it. Your body needs that fuel Erev Shavuos morning to help rejuvenate and energize for the day’s activities. Eat a breakfast even if you think you aren’t hungry. Trust me, it’s most likely been at least 10 hours since you last ate, you’re hungry! I use to skip breakfast because nothing solid ever sounded appetizing. If you’re like me, make a fruit smoothie!
2.) W A T E R. Need I say more? Whenever you’re starting to feel drowsy, go drink a glass of water. I like cold water because it feels like it awakens my senses, but just staying hydrated in general will help!
3.) Exercise and Fresh Air. Doesn’t have to be anything major. Whenever I’m feeling drowsy, I’ll step outside for a few minutes and breath in some fresh air or take a stroll around the block. It can be really tiring being cooped up in a building all day. Go get some sunlight and stretch your muscles.
4.) Snacks. It’s a good idea to eat some snacks high in protein (almonds, cashews, etc..) in between meals to keep you going. Try and avoid anything too sugary- because of the crash you’ll feel later, and fatty- because it makes your digestive system work harder and makes you more sleepy.
5.) Arouse your senses. Get as many of them awake and alert as you can. Chew on some gum, sniff something, listen to some fun music, take a walk, etc..
6.) Keep your mind active. Switch tasks, chat with someone, doodle, etc…
7.) P O W E R nap. Just do it. If you can’t fight the fatigue anymore, your body probably just needs a quick 10 (no longer than 20) minute power nap to rejuvenate and reprocess. Ask a friend to wake you and when he does, stand up and walk around or drink a glass or water to make sure you don’t fall back asleep.
(Source: Double The Batch)