So the Rio Olympics officially start tonight and it promises to be a great month of sporting glory.
But with the time difference between the host country Brazil and England, it does mean that many of the events are on late at night and into the early hours of the morning, and for avid fans it will play havoc with sleep patterns.
We understand that the Olympics 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 or if you have to operate machinery.
Most of us need a good seven to eight hours of solid sleep a night to perform at our best. Start scrimping on that and people are in danger of becoming too tired to be truly effective. Just one bad night’s sleep affects our alertness and our ability to make good decisions, focus on tasks or manage a friendly mood. 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 Olympic event is worth feeling like that!