Newswise – Batter-up, baseball fans! The sport’s biggest event comes back today, as the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers compete for the World Series title, promising home runs, strikes … and sleep loss? That is correct. More than one-fifth (22%) of Americans report being more tired than usual during the series, according to an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) examination. With all the matches starting after 20:00 EDT, and most taking place on weekdays, many baseball fans in the eastern and central time zones will stay up later than usual to see the excitement on the court.
“It’s important to prioritize sleep – even if it’s a great baseball game – because maintaining the right amount of consistent, healthy sleep has a positive effect on health, well – being and performance during our waking hours,” said Dr. President of AASM.
AASM suggests the following tips for “beating home driving” with sleep during the World Series:
- Avoid food and drink during later rounds. Eating heavy meals or sugary foods and consuming caffeine, alcohol or nicotine too close to bedtime can adversely affect your sleep. If you are hungry late at night, you can eat a light and healthy snack.
- Relax after the match. Skip the temptation to watch comments after the game and avoid social media until tomorrow. Try to follow the typical bedtime to relax and get ready for bed.
- Make sleep a priority. While individual sleep needs vary, it is AASM recommends that adults sleep seven or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. If the big game keeps you up long after bedtime, consider turning it off and catching the highlights in the morning. If you do not get enough sleep after watching the game, you may need a nap the next day. A short nap of 20 to 30 minutes in the early afternoon can increase alertness and productivity.
For more information on the importance of healthy sleep, visit www.sleepeducation.org.
About the survey
The AASM Sleep Prioritization Survey in September 2019 involved 2,003 adult participants in the United States. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points with a confidence interval of 95 percent. Atomik Research, an independent market research agency, conducted the survey.
About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) was established in 1975 and promotes sleep care and improves sleep health to improve lives. AASM has a total membership of 11,000 accredited sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, researchers, and other health professionals (aasm.org).