The Truth about All-Nighters

Uh oh. Finals are coming up. Research papers are due. You procrastinated studying and researching. What do you do now? Well, most people would do the obvious….All-nighters. The thought of pulling even one gives me the creeps.


When I graduated high school, the one thing I always heard was “Ah, you better get used to those all-nighters!” Well, I’m now going to be ending my Junior year and I have YET to pull one.

The truth is, you really don’t need to pull an all nighter. Not if you prioritize and don’t procrastinate. The way I see it, why would you give up precious sleep? Why not get your assignments done ahead of time? Granted there are some uncontrollable instances where an all nighter might be needed, but know that it is avoidable. It’s not part of the college life!


Like the picture above says….that truly is the most important lesson you’ll learn in college. See, your mind and body need approximately 8 hours of sleep each night in order to be fully rested for the next day. It may not seem like it, but balancing homework, work, social life, and sleep really is not that hard….if you know how to do it right.

Way back when I took UC Seminar during my freshmen year, I was surprised to know that 95% of the time when a student is pulling an all-nighter, they actually aren’t doing their school work. The temptation of social networking eventually overtakes them, and bam. They’re up all night with only a bunch of “all nighter” statuses and tweets to show for it.


So long story short, save yourself the stress of an all nighter by following these simple steps.

1 – Don’t Procrastinate: Write your paper ahead of time. You are more likely to write a quality paper that may get an A, instead of a quick paper that might only pull a C. When it comes to testing, study ahead of time. That way, not only will your brain absorb more information, but you’ll be more relaxed and well rested when it comes to test day.

2 – Prioritize: figure out what needs to be done first and do it. The most effective way of doing this is by making a list.

See how easy it is? Sure, we’re all guilty of putting things off until the last minute, but let’s not get into a habit of doing this. Finals week is the most common time when students pull all nighters – which is why it’s often called the nightmare week of the semester. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Remember that.

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