Have you been missing out on valuable sleep? Take this as a warning to get more dream time!

Left an essay to the last minute and need to write the entire thing in one night? It can happen to the best of us.

Unfortunately, all-nighters could be having more of an effect on your brain than you think they are.

While we’re only beginning to understand why sleep is essential to function, we do know we need it. Teenagers (that’s you!) need around 10 hours of sleep a night – no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Sleep is so important because it’s how your body prepares itself for the day ahead. Skip out on sleep and your ability to learn, remember information, react to things and, simply, be happy, are affected.

At the dire end of things, sleeplessness can cause hallucination, inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. So, every time you stay awake all night, you risk causing serious bodily harm.

During our waking hours, our cells use our day’s energy sources, which then get broken down into various byproducts. As these build up, our need to sleep increases. If they’re not cleared away with a night of slumber, you risk affecting your health and your sanity.

So, you heard it here first folks; don’t pull any all-nighters.