Health 101: Why pulling an all-nighter is worse for your body than months of bad eating

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Remember those days when you were a kid and you stayed up all night with your friends at a sleepover just to see the sunrise? Or what about when you were in college and you figured pulling an all-nighter was the only way to ace that midterm? Getting little to no sleep seemed all fine and dandy back then, but these days sleep should be taken a little more seriously.

New research from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles suggests that missing just one entire night of sleep is equivalent to 6 months on a high-fat diet. Yikes! Scary, right? During the study, researchers measured insulin sensitivity in 8 male dogs before and after a 6-month-long high-fat diet. To sum things up, they found that one night of sleep deprivation reduced insulin sensitivity by 33 percent while after the 6-month-long high-fat diet, the dogs' sensitivity was reduced by only 21 percent.

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Adding to this, Carolina Apovian, a spokesperson for The Obesity Society, says that it's absolutely critical for health practitioners to "emphasize the importance of sleep to their patients." So what's the moral of the story? Consider your health before consciously deciding to pull an all-nighter. Too many hours of Netflix and chill just might do you harm.

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Health 101: Why pulling an all-nighter is worse for your body than months of bad eating

Lavender 

The scent of lavender is known to be very relaxing and can help you get to sleep at night. 

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Shut off the screens

Avoid being on your computer, phone or e-reader before going to sleep. Studies have shown the use of these items before bed can decrease the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin supplements 

Taking sleeping pills sounds scary to many people, but melatonin supplements are like a sleep vitamin, giving you a little extra of the naturally produced hormone. 

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Stick to a schedule

Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day helps your natural sleep/wake cycle. You sleep much better when you go to bed when actually drowsy and wake naturally at the same time each day. 

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Exercise 

Regular exercise, even as little as 20 mins a day can help you sleep better at night. 

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Skip the afternoon nap

Taking a nap during the day can exasperate insomnia for many people. 

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