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Reasons to Skip Pulling An “All-Nighter”

Reasons to Skip Pulling An “All-Nighter”

Think that staying up all night to prepare for a test the next day is a good idea? Consider these facts first:

Your Grades Will Be Lower. Sleep deprivation can cause weariness, indistinct vision, headaches, forgetfulness and an overall irritability that can be distracting during a test. A study compared the GPAs of students at St. Lawrence University, those who never up all night to study had an average GPA of 3.1, while those who regularly relied on all-nighters only averaged a 2.9 GPA.

Your Memory Becomes Poor. Sleep gives the brain time to repair and refresh itself. Sleep deprivation makes your less memory functional. You need your attention span, information recall and reasoning skills to be in the best shape for a test.

Your Study Methods Are Less Effective. Cramming information is considerably less effective than other study methods. Research has demonstrated that we tend to remember the first and last things that we hear in any given time period, the information in the middle is more hazy to recall. Attempting to remember information with a sleep deprived mind is creates more of an opportunity for lost information.

Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Short-Term Euphoria. The energy you get after sleep deprivation that makes you feel motivated and satisfied with your performance, is an illusion. You are not at your highest performance level. It’s a sign your body wants you to rest.

You Are More Likely To Suffer A Stroke As You Age. Sleep habits can affect your health even if you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Healthy adults who get less than 6 hours of sleep per night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke than those who are well-rested. Keep in mind that the recommended amount of sleep by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is 7-8 hours per night.

Try sticking to a bedtime routine and reap the benefits of a stronger, healthier you. Set an alarm to keep you on track, take a soothing bath or shower, wind down with a book and be sure to create a sleep-promoting bedroom environment. We believe in your ability to succeed!

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