Late-night rugby league sports fan Mick Neevey enjoys a punt on the horses at The Grand Hotel, Goondoon St, Gladstone.
Late-night rugby league sports fan Mick Neevey enjoys a punt on the horses at The Grand Hotel, Goondoon St, Gladstone. Chrissy Harris

One in two sleep-deprived

HAVE you been sporting that tired look lately? Could it be due to some late night football perhaps?

It seems to be the in-thing at the moment as some of the year’s biggest late-night sporting events happen all at once.

Over the past couple of weeks Aussie men and women have been taking a cup of coffee to bed to stay up to catch the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and soon, the Tour de France.

It seems like a good cause – staying up late and supporting our home teams overseas in the early morning hours but it all comes at a heavy cost.

It would seem that there are a lot of people walking around with red eyes, some mid-morning phone calls to work proclaiming you will be late and endless amounts of caffeine to support the habit.

According to a recent Blackmores’ sleep survey, over the past six months one in every two Australians are sleep-deprived.

Insomnia and other sleep disorders can lead to serious health problems, and shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Insomnia is a very real problem for Australians. We have all been a little tired or had the odd night of restless sleep but if your sleep is consistently of a poor quality it can be dangerous not only for your health but if you’re performing tasks such as driving while fatigued,” Blackmores Director of Education Pam Stone said.

If you would like any more information about insomnia and other sleep disorders you can call 1800 803 760 or visit sleep.blackmores.com.au.



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