We definitely don’t need to remind you that you’re busy with exams at the moment (please don’t e-punch me). Your parents probably remind you enough already. Hopefully you’re managing and haven’t thrown in the towel just yet. We all know how it is though. Everything is going great; you’re thinking you might just get through this tough time and then … BAM! There is always THAT subject. You might get a little stuck at procrastination station OR the workload is really just that much. You might be tempted to pull an all-nighter before your test. Here are a few reasons why you should not do so.
Adults require about eight hours of sleep every night. This is because getting enough sleep contributes to the overall health and functionality of your body. Sleep specialists (yes, that is a real thing) suggest that teenagers might need even more than eight hours of sleep. Lack of sleep pumps you up with dopamine – the feel-good hormone – but just for a little while. During this surge of dopamine you might make risky decisions because you are just super-duper positive about everything. Your usual judgement flies out the window. That might sound exciting, but it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Being this positive might lead you to make decisions that may have serious consequences. When the dopamine wears off, you will become grumpy and moody.
What you learn before you go to sleep usually replays in your mind as you are sleeping. This stores all that you have learned into your long-term memory file. Maybe you stumbled across that maths sum that you just can’t figure out. When you sleep your brain revisits memory after memory and therefore you might find that you wake up finally figuring out that sum.
Have you ever thought about the effects that pulling an all-nighter can have on your brain? Well, you definitely should. If you continue pulling all-nighters your chances of developing an anxiety disorder increases. Your brain uses a lot of energy during the day. All the bad, leftover energy is left behind. When you sleep your brain gets rid of this bad, leftover energy and prepares for the next day. When you don’t sleep your brain is not able to repair your brain cells. Therefore you won’t be able to act normally after an all-nighter. Your brain won’t be able to be on top of its game. This can lead to potential brain damage. Yeah, you read that last sentence right.
Other bad things that can happen when you pull an all-nighter include:
- You might get a ‘sleep attack’;
- You will drive like a drunk person (if you have your licence);
- You might put on weight; and
- You risk diabetes.
So, in other words, don’t pull an all-nighter. Case closed. Story finished.
By: Kriszti Bottyan