So I'm currently recovering from an all night party, and since I'm not in my zombie mode at the moment, I think I will be able to make a legible post about it.
Pre- 2 am is when most people are still awake. You can make as much noise as you want, and you probably won't disturb anybody (outside of your neighbors who might be actually trying to sleep). If you go to sleep before two, you should probably call up your parents to take you before so.
2 am is when the real action gets started. You should probably turn off Rockband since this is the time when the lighweights start to go to sleep, and the chances of your neighbors calling the cops increases. Yes, I said Rockband. What, you assume I go to real parties?
Around 3am is when you choose whether or not to go the whole night. This is when I usually go to bed when I'm alone on the weekends and stuff, but during a party it's only the beginning. Except for the people who choose not to stay up. They get colored on by sharpies and duct-taped to walls.
Four is when the gigglies start to set in. You know, when any bodily noise or word over three syllables becomes the most hilarious thing ever. Lycopene. After one person gets the gigglies, it starts a chain reaction until someone passes out, which restarts the whole cycle. I would advise taking any caffeinated substances now.
The longest hour of the night is 5 am. This is when the bad things happen. Bad things such as passing around a jar of Mayonnaise to see who can take the biggest spoonful without hurling.
Yes, this is me and my group of friends at a party a while ago actually trying this. I'm the one in the far left. Ignore what I look like, it's 5am.
Depending on how many stimulants are in your system, somewhere in the 6 to 7 range is when you first start to feel sleep trying to take over. You will also probably stop making any sense and be more likely to touch people inappropriately. However if you are able to fight it until the sun comes up, you will be in the home stretch. After all, you can't go to sleep when it's light out.
The rest of the day involves switching on and off between being awake and being a zombie. The biggest challenge is trying to keep yourself from accidentally getting set up in a comfortable position- be it on the floor, in a chair, or at the dinner table- and just dozing off while being in the middle of doing something important. Then at the end of the day, you can finally get your well deserved rest. Or prepare for another sleepless night, which is where I'm going.