T20 cricket is the new boss in the town. Across the world, many countries are using this lucrative cricket format to earn revenue. New talent is awarded lucrative deals by various teams in T20 leagues and IPL has benefited immensely more than any other league on the planet.

Across India, crores of people watch this short league, year after year. The nights are long for weeks, with less sleep/ half sleep. The 7:30 pm match every evening ends after 3.5 hours with time for both innings, strategic break, and innings break. So, the match ends between 11:00 to 11:30 pm.

People at the stadium, after the completion of the match, reach their homes only at midnight by 12pm. So, sleep deprivation happens.

Sleep deprivation has many side effects like Heart attacks and Obesity. And those are very serious. We already know that India is a country, where

Heart attacks account for 28% deaths in India, govt submits ICMR report in Rajya Sabha

That is the report submitted to Rajya Sabha this year.

Obesity is another silent killer in our society. Even child obesity is common these days. Obesity Leads to Diabetes among many other problems associated with it.

It is very concerning to note that WHO has found that nearly 77 million population, above 18 are suffering from diabetes

human body is a well-engineered machine

Our human body is a well-engineered machine where even during sleep your body prepares you, cleans you, and destresses you for the next day.

As you see in the above biological clock, Melatonin secretion starts at 21:00 i.e., 9 pm. That means our body is releasing hormones for us to sleep. But, what are we doing? We are going against its will and destroying our sleep.

John Hopkins Institute explains how melatonin helps in good sleep and what are the good practices every one of us must follow for good sleep.

It is very important for the IPL authorities to take into account people’s health at large when organizing matches. Their sleep deprivation will have a serious effect on their body. IPL must be mindful of what prestigious institutions like ICMR, WHO and John Hopkins speak about public health.

Organizing matches with public health in mind is way ahead. Is IPL listening?