Most people pull all nighters, not because they want but they have to. Usually when the deadline is close and they still have a lot of work left, they work through the night to complete the work in time. This happens quite a lot in college, when students try to cram their entire syllabus on the night before the tests, or start working on their assignment the night before it’s due.
In the old sense of the word, working through the night or burning the midnight oil is supposed to be a measure of how hard working and dedicated you are to a task. However in the modern world, pulling an all nighter is portrayed as a sign of desperation, laziness and not being planned & organized.
So, how would you react when I say that pulling an all nighter is good for you and can make you more efficient at your task? Puzzled! I can understand, since even I had preached that pulling all nighters is a strain on your body, and it is detrimental to the physical and mental health of an individual. This is true in the case of long term sleep deprivation, where you do it often or you’re not completely prepared for it before you start. However, when done intelligently and not too often, pulling all nighters can give a massive boost to your academics and career.
Now let us look at the benefits of pulling an all nighter.
1. Keeps the momentum going
When you leave home after work, or leave the library at the end of a study session, we are breaking the flow. When we return the next day to continue, it takes time to get back in the groove, this is wasted time. However when you study or work through the night during an all nighter, you have the momentum on your side. You’re in the zone for longer periods, and this helps you save time. Eventually you would end up studying more than you would’ve done in 2 days.
2. Builds your mental stamina
Just like your muscles, you need to stretch your brain to its limits to achieve a higher endurance limit. This higher stamina would enable you to study for longer periods without breaking your focus. This is a very important skill that would come in handy not just in college, but would be a very useful trait for your career growth as well. This enables you to work at your highest potential for maximum duration.
3. Improves creativity and concentration
All nighters seems to unlock your creativity and even improves your problem solving capability. Short term sleep deprivation releases Dopamine into the brain. This hormone is responsible for happiness, feeling motivated and it even provides you with an instant spurt of energy. This was believed even by Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc. He used to stay awake for 2 nights in a row, curious about this possibility of better brain function due to sleep deprivation.
4. Helps you stay ahead of competition
An all nighter can lift you ahead of your peers, because you’re working when they’re not. This could be perhaps the biggest benefit of an all nighter. You would be working with benefits you had acquired the benefits mentioned previously, when your friends / colleagues are away. So, suddenly you’ll get ahead in the race. And all in a single night. Even Thomas Edison appreciated the benefit of an all nighter, he stayed awake during nights, when his competitors are asleep and this extra bit of work he put in is the reason for the 2,332 patents that he had under his name.
Now that you’ve learned how all nighters benefits your academics. It is important to use it strategically. It should not be something you do in the spur of the moment, it should be something well planned. You should ensure that you have all the necessary resources at hand, so that you’re able to fully utilize an all-nighter. It is also very important that you use this new found power wisely. When you try to abuse it by doing it often, not only would you lose out on all the benefits, but this could also severely affect your physical and mental capabilities.
Have you ever tried pulling an all nighter and how did you benefit you?