Be careful with drugs. So to be clear: legal, illegal -- doesn’t matter, nobody here is advocating taking any drugs, even if they’d help you stay awake. Even nicotine, Dr. Cheng says, “can actually help keep you awake, but I certainly don’t advocate smoking.” If you do happen to partake, consider the following: bring your own, to be surer of what you’re getting. Don’t take depressants (i.e. weed, downers, opiates), a class of drug that slows nervous system function and can make you sleepy. And don’t rely upon any substance. Banking on drugs to facilitate your enjoyment of this night is missing the forest for the trees.
Don’t force it. If you catch yourself falling asleep or you’re simply over it, get outta there. There’s no shame in making what is, on balance, the wise decision to go home and sleep.