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One of my friends on Instagram is now stationed overseas and he gets to watch the World Cup in his cafeteria during day-time! Isn't that great? Being on the other side of the world means Singaporeans have to stay up the night just to catch the football action on TV. Are you a non-fan like me? Do you have a friend or family member who is keeping you up all night because of the World Cup? If you don’t want to join them, then here are a few ways you can beat ‘em! And while you’re at it, you might as well help him/her cope with their post-match blues too.

1. Ear plugs
There probably are no better, fuss-free way to block out the noise than good ‘ole ear plugs. Of course, it’s not 100% foolproof but it’s a good start to help you fall asleep.
2. Listen to music
Go into your room, put in your ear phones and play some of your best night time tunes. There are tons of playlists on the web that are perfect for falling asleep. To get you started, you can try one of my favourites here: It does help me to sleep when I need it!

3. Start eating healthier
If you get forced to watch a match with your soccer-fanatic other half, chances are it’s going to be at some odd unearthly hour like 3 a.m. As far as possible, stay away from the caffeine overload when you get to work! It might keep you up for a while but the post-caffeine crashes and dehydration just aren’t worth it. I always ended up thirsty and feeling worse in the afternoon.

Instead, load up on low-glycemic index foods such as whole grains, vegetables and some fruits. Complement your diet with all-natural supplements such as BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken to increase mental concentration, metabolic rates, and boosts energy.
4.Use Cold Water
Lost the sleep battle to the crazy cheers and shouts of the football mania? It’s time for the classic cold water treatment! Start the day with a cold bath if possible, or at least with water that isn’t too warm so it doesn’t lull you back to sleep. Whenever you find your eyes shutting at work, here is a tip: head to the washroom to splash cold water on your face! It never fails to wake myself up. In fact, try keeping your eyes open as you splash water on your face, without hurting them.
5. Do simple exercise
Exercise are always a great way to get your blood pumping. Of course, you are not expected to do elaborate routines at work but take short 10 minute breaks to do simple exercises such as stretching your wrists, arms and legs and rolling your shoulders and head. You could also step out and take short walks! 

Fan or not, we hope this post has been helpful in your bid to survive the football mania! If you still cannot sleep and feeling tired at work, you can also check out the infographic below to help you stay awake at work. Some of the points are covered above. (=

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