Why All-Nighters Are Not A Rite Of Passage
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Why All-Nighters Are Not A Rite Of Passage

Say yes to sleep

Why All-Nighters Are Not A Rite Of Passage
Huffington Post

"I stayed up until three this morning writing my theology paper." One student says to his friend as they eat lunch together. "Oh yeah? That sounds late. I actually pulled an all nighter," the friend replies.

I hear conversations like this every day as a Biola University student. Students brag about how little sleep they got as if they could earn a medal for their great feat. However, these people may not realize that the tough appearance they hope to project comes with devastating consequences.

I even found myself in this trap this semester. I stayed up until three a.m. so I could complete a project. I told my classmates about it and one of them told me they only had one hour of sleep. I quickly realized that I became one of those students who put "I got x hours of sleep" on their bucket list.

Even though all-nighters may only occur during finals week, they still result in drastic health consequences. Business Insider states that all-nighters elevate a stress hormone, cortisol, can make you feel hungrier because the body produces more ghrelin, decreases concentration levels, impacts memory, makes it difficult to multi task, makes it difficult to recognize someone immediately, makes it hard to remember what people say, increases irrational emotions, and affects the immune system. In addition, consistent lack of sleep produces many of the same effects, according to Healthline: depression, accident prone, accidental death, memory problems, yawning, hallucinations, impaired brain activity, micro sleep, weakened immune response, weight gain, cognitive dysfunction, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cold and flu.

It's common sense that bodies need sleep for important functions, yet an overwhelming workload can cause people to make poor choices and feel pressured to exchange sleep for completed projects. However, this leads to a vicious cycle and can actually decrease the quality of someone's work. According to Sleep Foundation, brains consolidate memories, muscles grow, the body repairs tissue and it synthesizes hormones. Despite what students may believe, it is difficult to perform well on exams or even small assignments with little sleep. It's also difficult for a person to spend time with other people and enjoy the things they love when they feel tired and groggy.

Love your body and get some sleep. Don't feel like you're missing out if you can't check an all-nighter off on your college bucket list –– it's better to remove that entirely. Schedule adequate sleep time each night and try working ahead so you don't fall behind and lose sleep as a result. Say no to all-nighters, even if it results in lower grades or less study time.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments