How To Do An Ashes All-Nighter

Get through this winter's Ashes series with our hour-by-hour guide

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So The Ashes is underway and runs well into 2014. Any self-resepecting sports fan should be seriously considering several all-nighters over the next three months, but how do you pull this off and still keep your job? We’ve pooled expert research, old wives' tales and, yes, our own anecdotal evidence to give you your best shot at pushing through till morning.

7pm – Go To Bed
You’re going to need as much in the tank as possible, so hitting the sack as soon as you get home from work will lay the foundations for a successful assault on all three sessions.

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10pm – Go for a walk
On waking, get dressed and get outside. The combination of cold weather and exercise at this time of night will clear the sleep cobwebs and invigorate mind and body. Just steer clear of the pub.

11pm – Prepare The Arena
Find a chair that you can never get comfortable in and strongly dislike. Tonight, this will  be your viewing throne. Turning the radiators down and opening the windows will also help you to stay awake. Come on, how much do you want this?

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12am - Eat Protein
The adrenaline of the first ball should keep you going for a while, after which food is going to be your main ally. Comfort carbs are your sworn enemy as your energy will spike and crash. Protein is your friend here - chicken, sushi, omelettes.

1am – Plug into Twitter
Perhaps the greatest risk of falling asleep comes in the formidable shape of the Sky Sports commentary team. When Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain are in full swing only a hardened insomniac can compete. Stay stimulated via Twitter for a sense of shared experience. After all, it’s going to get lonely.

2am - Take a Nap
The lunch interval is the second hurdle. Check in with Test Match Special on 5 Live Sports Extra before taking a 15-minute nap if you can trust yourself to set your alarm.

3am – Gi Fizzy
A cold can of fizzy coke has the winning combination of refreshing and caffeinated. While caffeine bingeing isn't recommended too early on, now it's going to be necessary.

4am – Brush Your Teeth
Things could be getting trippy by this stage. If David Gower's head is beginning to take on the form of your long dead great grandmother, relax, that's just what David Gower looks like. Try brushing your teeth to get you ready for the final push.

5am - Trust Your Body
The good news is you’re through the worst and your body’s natural sleep cycle will kick in after 5pm. You hope.

6am - Propose a Toast
If you’ve lasted this long, you deserve a drink to toast your success and see you through the final overs so why not finish off that bottle of red wine in the kitchen. And probably best to cancel that 9am meeting while you're at it.

Coverage of The First Test between Australia and England in Brisbane starts tonight on Sky Sports and BBC Radio 

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