This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Pull An All-Nighter

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Whether you spent the night before the morning after cramming for an exam or pounding the Jagerbombs, we’ve all suffered the aftershock of an all-nighter.

Clammy palms, headaches, blurred vision, the delusion that sees you pour orange juice onto your cornflakes in the morning after a sleepless night: You know how rubbish you feel, but do you know why?

This video, courtesy of Elite Daily Labs, shows what an all-nighter actually does to your body – from the aging skin to the loss of short term memory and the hallucinations.

One side effect that might put you off all-nighters for life is weight gain.

Scientists from Stanford University noted that after a sleepless 24 hours, your body mass index increases – whether this is anything to do with the increased waking hours during which you can gorge on crisps is unclear.

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Sleep deprivation also leads to mood swings, increased negative anger and a decrease in your ability to regulate anger.

This essentially means, if you’re planning a sleepless night, you might want to avoid any semblance of humanity the following day.

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Your anger is also compounded by a decrease in ability to read facial expressions and unsatisfactory social skills: It pretty much sounds like a sleepless night could lead to social world war three both in and outside your body.

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Considering these side effects, and the hallucinations you’re more likely to experience, I’m starting to think beauty sleep is more than skin deep.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.