The Courier-Mail reveals that Australian sports fans may lose a combined 16 million hours of sleep nightly to watch the slew of high profile sports events scheduled.

The study revealed that more than half of the country was planning to either stay up late or wake early to follow the international events, with two thirds of those expecting to lose between one and four hours sleep a night on average.

Only one in seven fans reckon they will wait to watch the morning highlights.

Coffee and tea (36 per cent) topped the list of ways Aussies were planning to stay awake, followed by snacking (21.3%), power naps (20.1%) and going for walks in ad breaks (15.6%).

Bosses around the country could be hit in the hip pocket with one of five respondents saying burning the midnight oil would affect their productivity at work and lead to increased sickies.

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