When the football season kicks off, sporting fans often had to make a difficult choice between sleep and football. Like most international sporting events held in countries where timing difference becomes apparent, the games may start at the time when you are about to sleep and last till the wee hours in the morning.

A week of this schedule and normal sleep patterns are now destroyed. Bleary-eyed and operating in less than optimal capacity, you get through the day with cups of caffeine.  It’s a tough choice: do you turn your back on the opportunity to watch live sporting or do you surrender to your biological requirements and rest your head on the pillow.

Studies of sleep deprivation have shown that missing the proper amount of sleep for even one day can cause reduced coordination, reflexes and decision making. The likelihood that people may drift off to sleep in potentially embarrassing situations or potentially very dangerous situations like driving a car becomes greater.  A person can easily drift off to sleep even though he is intending to stay awake.

So, how do you make sure that you get your sleep while enjoying your football matches? Here are two useful tips:

Adjust your schedule if necessary

It’s not the best solution, but if you must watch a game that starts when your schedule says you should be sleeping, try to go to bed at a different time if you can take or take naps during the day.

Resist the urge to load up on coffee or energy drinks

Mass amounts of caffeine can only temporarily make up for a lack of sleep. There is a limit to how beneficial caffeine can be as it can’t guarantee that you will stay awake. Caffeine can also keep you from sleeping when you aren’t watching soccer matches and may even cause the limited sleep you’re getting of less quality, making you more tired the next day.