Why an All-Nighter May Not be Worth It

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We’ve all been there. It’s the night before that big paper is due and what are we doing? We’re staring at our computer screen, frantically typing and trying to get the assignment done before class the next day. This situation often leads to an all-nighter. Most college students have stayed up all night at least once in order meet a deadline.

But is it worth it? Is staying up, loosing sleep, and cramming really worth your time and effort? Here are a few things to consider.

Your Mind Can’t Focus

After so much cramming, your mind can’t take anymore. At some point, your studying will become less effective, which brings up the question of if it’s even worth continuing. For many people, this point hits late at night after a long day of school and work. When you get to this point, any studying you do afterwards probably won’t “stick,” meaning you won’t be able to remember facts and information as well.

You Will be Exhausted the Next Day

This is something to consider if you are staying up all night to study for a test. You may get through all the review material, and you may even remember most of it, but will you actually be able to test well? If you are too tired, your reading comprehension may decline and you may not be able to recall information as clearly as you could on a good night’s sleep.

You Won’t do Your Best Work

If you’re staying up all night to do something like write a research paper, be aware that you likely won’t do your best work. The more hours you work without taking a break, and the later you work, the more likely it will be that your work will suffer. When you try to work with a tired mind, you may miss important concepts, not be able to write clearly and in general, just not do as well as you could.

Your Grades Will Suffer

No matter how you slice it, staying up for too many all-nighters will likely hurt your grade. You may be able to get by for a while, but eventually your lack of sleep will catch up to you and you won’t be able to perform as well.

It may be necessary to pull an all-nighter once in a while, but be warned: doing so may harm your ability to perform and earn high grades. Try to stay in the habit of getting plenty of sleep and giving yourself adequate time to complete assignments in a good study environment.

This is a guest post.  Jill Hardy writes for UniversitiesOnline.net, a go-to resource for people interested in enrolling in online courses.

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