It’s that time of year again – time for the Happy Slam, A.K.A. the Australian Open!
While others binge watch their favourite Netflix shows all night, Canadian tennis fans will be able to stay up and binge watch the first Grand Slam of the 2018 season. Depending on where you are in this great country, Melbourne could be a 15 to 19 hour time difference for you.
But fear not – As a self-proclaimed expert on pulling all-nighters, here are 6 pro tips on how to enjoy everything the Australian Open has to offer.
We’re starting off with an obvious one – you’ll need a good dose of caffeine to help you stay up all hours!
If coffee isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There is another (much healthier) option for you – fruits and vegetables!
Stay away from sugary snacks when you’re trying to stay up all night. Indulge in your guilty pleasure treats during the day but stick with fruits and veggies at nighttime. Trail mix is another good alternative, as well.
The general rule is to try to avoid anything with a lot of sugar. Yes, it’s true, sugar can give you a buzz for a while but once it wears off it’s very hard to pick yourself back up. Apples, cucumbers, carrots, celery, strawberries… they’re all better options for your Australian Open viewing parties!
Pro tip: If you absolutely need sugar, have chocolate with your breakfast. Research shows that not only is it satisfying and a good way to start the day but it also helps you maintain a healthy weight if you eat it in moderation. Chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast? Yes, please!
When I say “ice” I’m not telling you to run outside in the freezing cold.
The warmer you are, the harder it is to stay awake (sorry to be the bearer of bad news). Use ice to help you pull an all-nighter. Drink ice cold water. Put a spoon in the freezer and place it over your eyes when you start to feel tired. Take an ice pack and place it on your shoulders. These tricks really work!
Pro tip – It’s also fun to make an ice towel and pretend you’re one of the players.
A good 30 minute work-out does wonders for your health, plus it gives you a great energy boost. Regular physical activity increases the blood flow to your body and improves your cardiovascular health and fitness. This allows more blood and oxygen to move through your body and boosts your energy.
Hit the gym (if you can) before play begins and remember to keep moving throughout the night, even if you just get up and stretch for a few minutes.
Social media is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at all the action happening around the grounds in Melbourne. You’ll get an inside glimpse of practices, interviews, live commentary and you can interact with fans all around the world watching the same match – how awesome is that?
Plus, pulling an all-nighter is much easier when you have people to talk to!
Don’t forget – #SleepIsForTheWeak!
Forget I just said that sleep is for the weak – you do need sleep, especially if you’re going to make it through two weeks of action! It’s not the end of the world if you need to PVR a few matches and catch up at a later time.
For those of you that are going to re-organize your entire schedule around the Australian Open, make sure you set your alarm clocks around your new sleep schedule.
Pro tip – Figuring out the time zones can be tricky sometimes, so here’s the general rule: If play begins Monday morning at 11 a.m. in Melbourne, that’s Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Night sessions begin at 7 p.m. in Melbourne, which is 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT.
The Australian Open kicks off Sunday, January 14 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN.