Sleep deprivation is a problem for Braves fans and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly

METRO ATLANTA — Game 1 took four hours and six minutes and ended well after midnight. If you are an Atlanta Braves fan who had to go to work Wednesday morning, there was a better than average chance you probably did not get nearly enough sleep.

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Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston heard and saw from hundreds of fans who said they needed extra coffee just to get themselves up and going.

Huddleston spoke to Braves fan Justin Monsewicz who said not only did he stay up to watch the whole game, but he also had to wake up earlier than normal.

“I’ve had four cups of coffee today and I’m sure I’ll do the same, maybe even more tomorrow,” Monsewicz said. “I’m pretty tired like the rest of Braves Country.”

Huddleston found social media posts ranging from “Gonna be a couple of sleep deprived days” to “The Braves better win the World Series, I’m so sleep deprived that I was dreaming I was sleep deprived.”


Despite the punch lines, sleep deprivation is a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control’s website says at least 1/3 of all U.S. adults report getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night which is at least seven hours.

The CDC said drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and that a lack of sleep can lead to heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The agency says you technically can’t “catch up” on sleep, though many people, including Monsewicz still try.

“I’m probably going to sleep in Saturday to catch up on all the sleep I’ve been missing this week,” Monsewicz said.

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Every game in this year’s World Series is scheduled to start just after 8 p.m. eastern time. Game 2 of the Braves vs. Astros series is scheduled to start at 8:09 p.m.