All-night study sessions can damage your health

For ambitious high school seniors, pulling all-night study sessions is not uncommon. With competition for places at top schools more intense than ever before, many students are studying harder to make their college applications stand out. However, according to the Huffington Post, all-nighters can be bad for your health.

Although you may be able to get by on a few hours of sleep a night, doing so can have lasting effects. If you don't get enough sleep, it can have an impact on your ability to retain information, which could result in slipping grades.

"People who sleep six hours, or less, a night might not feel impaired, but people don't realize the impairment in their own performance," Brian Abaluck, a sleep specialist at the Sleep Health Centers, told the news source. "They are harming themselves more than they realize by not getting a good amount of sleep."

According to the Christian Science Monitor, today's students are hitting the books more than they have in the past. A recent report by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles suggests that almost 40 percent of freshmen spend six hours or more studying per week, an increase from the 34 percent reported in 2009.

If you're cramming for a final or mid-term, make sure you get enough sleep – your grades may actually improve.

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