[Make-up] Another Lecture? Yawwwwnnnnn

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We've all heard it. Sleeping is good for you. You need it to grow healthy bones, get nice skin, and feel refreshed. Although we know all the benefits of sleeping, it's more likely than not that you, as an average college student, aren't reaping the rewards.
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It's no surprise that college students pull all-nighters. After all, how else are you gonna cram for that final the next day? In fact, according to USA Today on September 17th, 2007, many students believe that pulling an all-nighter is a "rite of passage", and can "even be fun". But whether you do it for fun or for better grades, staying up all night studying can certainly affect your grades--negatively. USA Today goes on to explain that "pulling all-nighters compromises your sleep", leading to short term effects such as delayed reactions and tendencies to make mistakes.
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Not enough to be convinced? A Stanford researcher recently worked with six basketball players and their sleep schedules. He found that they ran faster and made more shots over a period of time where they all slept 10 hours each night. Another study done by June J. Pilcher and Amy S. Walters, published in the Journal of American College Health, had participants complete cognitive tasks after being sleep deprived for 24 hours, or getting 8 hours of sleep. Not surprisingly, sleep deprived participants did worse, but rated their estimated performance higher than the non sleepy participants. This all indicates that college students, and the average person, may not be fully aware of the negative effects of sleep deprivation. Next time before pulling an all-nighter, remember that those few extra hours of staring at your textbook may actually be harming your scores.

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