Football stress is a real thing, but do all football fans feel it in equal amounts? Well, according to an analysis by British bed manufacturer Happy Beds of over 30,000 tweets and posts, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans have lost the most sleep in the last 12 months, with the Merseyside outfit topping the list.
Of course, turning the TV off and choosing not to watch footie isn’t an option, so why did these two teams suffer from insomnia the most, and how can you prevent football-related insomnia?
What Kept Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur Fans Up at Night?
In an emotional season where Liverpool won the Champions League and narrowly missed out on their first-ever Premier League title, their fans suffered from more bad sleep than any other team. In fact, of all the hashtags associated with tweets about sleeplessness, only #StopBrexit and #Sleep were more common that Liverpool’s club slogan #YNWA.
Tottenham, on the other hand, came in a distant second in football-related mentions thanks to their run to the Champions League final, which saw the highest volume of competition-specific mentions.
Judging by the research, Liverpool and Tottenham topped football-related insomnia mentions thanks to their run to the Champions League which put both sets of fans through an emotional rollercoaster.
How Can You Temper Football-Related Insomnia?
23% of the reviewed tweets were sport-related, meaning many of us, across sports, tend to lose precious hours of rest worrying. Most passionate sports fans find it impossible to just switch off and rest, so what has Happy Beds suggested to deal with sport stress?
Whether it’s cutting down on alcohol or bizarre pre-match rituals, Happy Beds recommends a few changes to maximise sleep. The retailer suggests finding a suitable mattress for you, cutting down on blue light from late-night tweeting and ensuring your room is a perfect temperature.
Explaining the reasoning behind the data, Joy Richards, Sleep Expert at Happy Beds, said:
“At Happy Beds, we believe everyone needs and deserves a good night’s sleep. So, in a bid to help our customers get a better kip, we delved into social data to see what really keeps people up at night.
“Whilst we cannot do much to ease the population’s anxiety over their team’s performance, Happy Beds can provide comfort and support to facilitate sleep.
“Maybe if Liverpool get their 19th league title this year their fans will finally get a good night’s kip.”
To find out more on the data, check out the Happy Beds social insomnia research directly.