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GE2017: David Wood's survival guide to staying awake

Tonight if you're the sort of person who likes to stay up and watch all of the results come in on television, and you're doing it from home - or even the pub - then you're one of the lucky ones.

Hopeful MP's, their supporters and thousands of journalists and camera operators are up all night to report on what's happening, but normally from a dimly lit sports hall or community hall where counting and declarations are taking place.

With the first count here expected between 1 and 2am in Swindon South and the last in the West Country - St Austell and Newquay - at around 9:30, for some it is a long night.

  • The hardest thing really is staying awake.

In my first overnight count, some years ago now, I thought 'pick and nix' sweets were the answer but they weren't.

I had packed countless fizzy drinks, packets of crisps and sweets but they didn't help and if anything made it harder to concentrate.

I quickly learnt that the only thing that really helped at the 2am lull, was fruit, and when it is 2am and you're in a random sports hall, fruit is something you can't get your hands on!

Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

You know it has been a long night, and you've run out of conversation with the other journalists at the count, when you start tweeting random things because there's nothing left to do except wait for the final declaration!

Of course nothing beats a bacon sandwich on your way home as most people are waking to a new or returning Government and Prime Minister.

  • The one thing you don't want to hear is "recount"!

Once in a count I was covering there were two and we had to come back at 10am the following morning!