While I’m not a fan of football, even I know that the World Cup is now well underway and I don’t mind catching the odd England game.
But with the time difference between tournament host country Brazil and England, it does mean that many games are on late at night and some into the early hours of the morning, and for avid fans it’s already playing havoc with sleep patterns.
Take for instance the story I’ve just read. Apparently a 25 year old man has died in China because he refused to settle for anything else than live World Cup action. The doctors have apparently said his death was linked to staying up late watching the games. I’m kind of hoping this is a fabricated story because if it’s true, then I am shocked – will people really sacrifice their health, life even, for a bunch of guys kicking a ball around?
We’re not saints here at the Sleep Council (well maybe I am!) and we do understand that the tournament is only on every four years but try to be sensible when it comes to your sleep – especially if you’ve got work the next day! Staying alert after a late night can be hard to control especially when you’re driving.
Just one bad night’s sleep also affects our mood and concentration as well as impacting on appearance, while long-term sleep deprivation has more far-reaching consequences: it’s been linked to a number of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
If you know you’re going to be staying up late try to make sure you follow some of the other simple sleep rules so that when you do want to sleep, you can! For instance make sure the bedroom is cool, quiet and dark, don’t drink and eat too close to bedtime, avoid using your phone/iPad etc and make sure your bed is up to scratch – a good bed really does make a difference to how well you sleep.
So as the days pass, if you notice any of these signs and symptoms then give yourself a reality check – no football game is worth feeling like that!