From the moment the exit poll flashes up on your screen just after 10pm and Dimbleby straightens his tie you know you're in for a long night.
Staying up to watch the election results may have been the pastime of solitary political anoraks, but no longer. The 21st century means you can be constantly connected to fellow election watchers across the UK from the comfort of your sofa.
If you're planning on pulling an all-nighter you may want to read this first
1) To take Friday off or not...
Here's the first huge question. For those who are not pensioners or students, you'll be facing the usual commute and mundane Friday. Alas the day after an election is not a Bank Holiday (poor planning there, really). Do you gamble on using a day's annual leave or that Portsmouth North (average time of declaration is 6.30am) will have declared by the time you need to run for the train? Advantages of going to work on Friday is feeling incredibly smug you're still at wake, using having watched the election as an excuse for not being able to do anything and blinding your colleagues with how the Tories held onto Blackpool North and Cleveleys with a slim majority at 3.30am. Advantage of not going to work on Friday, you can catch-up on your sleep.
2) Pace yourself
Washington and Sunderland will always declare first. It is a fact. You might think they will all come think and fast, do not be fooled by friend. Those North East scamps pride themselves on ALWAYS being the first to declare.
Their average declaration is between 11pm and 11.30pm (the polls close at 10pm). You might think the results totaliser will suddenly be lighting up, but this is not a Simon Cowell produced production, this is a long, slow, trudge to the final result. And even then there might not be one. This is Test Cricket my friend, not 20/20.
Election results cannot be watched on an empty stomach. Thursday is all about ensuring you're stocked on. And to help keep the economy on track and give it a timely boost before we slip into a Hung Parliament period of uncertainty ensure you go for the luxury range of snacks in the supermarket.
4) Go easy on the coffee
Rely on Jeremy Vine's swing-o-meter and no doubt incredible 1980s retro election graphics to give you the boost to your flagging eyelids, rather than constant caffiene shots. I'd recommend saving your cup of tea or coffee for between 3.30am and 4am.
5) Get social
Start a Snapchat group with your mates. Or a Facebook thread. If you're on Twitter, hashtag #GE2015. While the pundits are discussing the finer points of whether Labour holding on in Denton and Reddish you can be discussing just why that UKIP politician went rogue during the South Cambridgeshire declaration with (what appears to be) a rather pretty brunette in Scunthorpe, at 3.46am.
6) Waking the other half
DO NOT under any circumstances wake your sleeping partner/friends/family to tell them the result of South West Wiltshire. This may be one of most important and closely fought elections in recent history, but they will not thank you for bounding into the bedroom at 4am to deliver an update on the Liberal Democrats share of the vote.
7) Drinking games
These very much depend on whether you have opted for taking Friday off in option one. If you're a student or pensioner, then you're quids in for this. There's a fair few out there, we found this one involving different beers for different political parties.
And remember. All of the above is pointless if you didn't vote. Before stocking up on election all-nighter provisions, visit the polling station to deliver the biggest part of the day. Not voting and then watching the election results is like being invited to the wedding but choosing to watch from outside the frosted windows. If your constituency ends in a majority of one for someone (unlikely, but you never know), it could have been your vote that made the difference.
We'll be bringing you live updates from the election counts in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell and then into Friday and Saturday for the local election results too. Coffee flasks at the ready folks! 10pm. Thursday. See you there.
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