Radio 1 gets advice from The Sleep Works on how to stay AWAKE for Comic Relief
Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark are giving up something very important to support this year’s Comic Relief: sleep.
They will be hosting Radio 1’s 24 Hour Lol-A-Thon from 4pm Tuesday until 4pm Wednesday, bringing you 24 continuous hours of jokes and hilariousness from celebs, listeners and other big names from Radio 1.
There will probably also be a good chunk of delirium and a bit of grumpiness too.
We sleep to restore and repair our body and mind and most adults need between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night, but while sleep is essential, missing a day’s sleep to stay up all night telling jokes won’t result in any long term problems.
“Cortisol is a hormone that gets released if we miss sleep windows, so if we’re lacking sleep we produce cortisol and it can affect us in various different ways,” MaryAnne Taylor, who owns and runs The Sleep Works website, tells Radio 1.
“It can make us have that wired feeling, that over tired feeling, which can make it harder for us to actually wind down to sleep when we are ready.”
“Once it has been released, it almost takes over from the natural sleep hormone, melatonin.”
MaryAnne tell us that Scott and Chris will find the early hours of the morning the toughest part, when the Radio 1 offices are quiet and there’s no natural light, but once they get to sunrise on Wednesday morning, they’ll be through the worst.
So what can Scott and Chris do during the Lol-A-Thon to keep themselves alert? Our experts have some recommendations.
“You want to keep your mind and body quite active, so you need to move” says MaryAnne.
“They can’t just sit. Sitting is a disaster because that really gives that feeling of lethargy.”
The food they eat during the night will make a huge difference to their energy levels, so pizza and sweets should probably be avoided.
Recommend drinking lots of water and avoiding too much coffee, which can lead to them feeling even more tired when the effects wear off.
And MaryAnne recommended that they just keep bringing the lols.
“Conversation. Keep the conversation going, which should be easy if there are two of them,” she recommends.
But when it’s all over, Scott and Chris may feel the effects of staying awake for such a long period for the rest of the week.
“Their body clocks will be out of sync and it may take a few days for that to regulate back into a normal pattern,” says MaryAnne.
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Maryanne established The Sleep Works in 2010. She is a qualified and experienced Sleep Consultant who has helped hundreds of parents with their children’s sleep problems. She also works with adults to educate, support and motivate them to improve their sleep. She gives many talks and workshops on child and adult sleep, has written numerous articles, and has appeared on Channel 4's 'Born Naughty?' show. Find out more about Maryanne and The Sleep Works.