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


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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