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Is it worth losing a good night's sleep for a night in the club?

The age-old question, do I lose my sleep in my nice warm bed or do I go to the club with the sticky floor and drink copious amounts of alcohol?

(Let's just say the former always wins.)

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Nightclubs are fun—if you have the strength to scream over the deafening music—and they're a great way to blow off steam after a busy week at university; I love staying in, and luckily I have found friends who also love staying in, so if you're not feeling the club then don't go. Suits—the awesome TV show on Netflix—taught me to put my interests above others. At the end of the day it'll be you with the tiredness and you with the hangover.

Although I love a good night out, there is nothing I love more than a good night's kip. It rejuvenates you for the next day, leaves you feeling fresh and ready to tackle university, but don't get me wrong, going out is a lot more enjoyable than sleep in every way.

The science behind sleep is quite simple. If you don't get enough then your brain function lowers, which makes you prone to accidents and reduces your sex drive.

But that's not all. Losing sleep can be bad for your memory and your ability to retain information, also you may get ill a lot quicker because sleep helps to boost your immune system. (If you're ill in bed then the chances of you making it into uni are also quite slim.)

Keeping your mental health sound is also important at university, but if you don't get enough sleep (i.e. the recommended eight hours) then you are more prone to anxiety and depression. It can also make you more irritable and moody—which your housemates won't appreciate!

One of the more common side effects of losing sleep is you will find it harder to concentrate, making your university work a lot harder than it already is. At university, you are constantly learning new information which you have to retain, but if you can't concentrate on the lecture, then your not going to engage with the content.

Losing sleep is generally not the best for your health.

An NHS study found that if people sleep less than five hours a day, then they are more likely to develop diabetes. Long-standing sleep deprivation can also increase the chances of developing heart disease. If you do experience long-standing sleep deprivation go and talk to your GP.

According to the NHS, losing one night of sleep shouldn't affect your health too much. If your sleep is regularly disturbed—or just not happening at all—then it can have serious effects on your health. But if you are feeling the club and the night out antics, which are always fun, then go for it! You can do both, meaning that it is one of those rare cases where you can have the 'best of both worlds'.

(You can find out more about the effects of sleep loss here.)
Featured image: Alexander Popov on Unsplash

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