Doze Off

December 01, 2016

When there’s a textbook full of equations to memorize, it can be tempting to stay up all night committing them to memory (or trying to ). However, all-nighters rarely lead to an automatic A- in fact, they’ve been linked to impaired cognitive performance and greater sensitivity to stress. In the days leading up to a big exam, aim to get those seven to nine hours a night so sleep deprivation doesn’t undo all the hard work you’ve put in. – Shana Lebowitz (22 Science-Backed Study Tips to Ace a Test)

Upon doing some introspection, I’ve come to realize that I am the odd one out in Shana’s research. What she describes as a rare occurrence, happens ever so often to me. I’ve realized after many years of being in school that, even though all-nighters(some may call swatting) are frowned upon, I’ve achieved some of my best grades as a result of them. There’s something about the intensity and pressure of having to cram sometimes months of information into my memory, that causes information to stick. I’ve found that when I study under less stressful conditions, I tend to have a harder time remembering what I’ve been studying for weeks and it reflected in my grades. I know, you must be thinking wow, what an unfortunate predicament to be in and I should get that checked out. You’re probably right but the pressure and intensity can sometimes be a very exciting and addictive feeling and I’m sure as a result it eventually turns into a habit. Before you know it, you’re saving everything to the last minute just to get the rush of an all-nighter. All-nighters aren’t for everyone and while I don’t recommend it, because as Shana explained; sleep deprivation isn’t a good thing; I think it all comes down to knowing yourself and what works for you. All-nighters, though they give me good grades, usually leave me useless by the end of the exam. So ultimately, I agree with Shana that it is healthier and better to Doze off. How about you? Let me know in the comments below what works for you? Do you get more results when you pull an all nighter?

-Diallo Cunningham


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