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I'll sleep when I'm dead
hawkward, Astonishing X-Men colorist extraordinaire, pulls a lot of all nighters, probably more than I do. I was just recommending to her a little trick I pull when deadlines are looming and sleep is tugging on my sleeve... the caffeine power nap.

Drink your favorite caffeinated beverage (a Sobe energy drink is my weapon of choice) then take a nap right away with an alarm set for 15 mins. When you wake, the caffeine should be kicking in and you'll much more refreshed than if you just had the drink. Your mileage may vary, but it works well for me.

Are you a power napper? What are your crunch time tricks?

I know you have some, lx.

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Power napping for teh win! I don't use the caffiene that way because I already drink so much that it has almost no effect on me anyway. But the napping can make a huge difference in my day. I sometimes go for a full half hour.

I can go 30-45 mins if I don't have caffiene first. I tend to do that half way through my work day. Let's me function well on about 5 hours of sleep a night.

I can see how that would work really well...it would just never work for me. Unless I'm already dead on my feet, the chances of my falling sleep before 15 minutes had passed are slim to nil...and if I did, I'm in no condition to get back up in 15 minutes.

I learned to power nap in the Navy. A quick nap for your 15 minute break really helps you pull an all night patrol.

You'd have to, I'm sure!

I don't have any; part of the reason I have stayed where I am for 18 years is that I could never do that. Man, I could never even get to sleep in 15 minutes, much less be able to wake up afterwards.

to stay awake at the drawing table I chew gum. it works the same way as sucking on hard candy- makes your mouth water and your body wants to keep you awake so you don't choke to death.

Never thought of that, but I'm going to try it. Thanks.

I thought I'd heard somewhere that 20 minutes will give you the same feeling as 2 hours, but without all the actual physical benefits...

Helps me push through. With some luck, I won't have to do it for much longer, but I'm not counting on it. Deadlines always seem to collide and I really hate turning down work.

I might just try this... hmmmm.

Sadly my main trick is to collect emotional unrest and release it tactically, like an IV drip. Heartache is the best antidote to sleep.

And sadly I'm only quarter joking.

Ahh, sorry my friend. I can see how it would be the perfect antidote.

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