Will You Catch The Super Bowl Flu?
As the nation gears up for its annual football extravaganza, there's another event that often goes unnoticed: the Super Bowl Flu. No, it's not a new strain of virus, but rather a phenomenon characterized by a surge in "sick days" the day after the Super Bowl.
For many Americans, the Super Bowl isn't just a game; it's a cultural event. Friends and families gather to watch the game, indulge in snacks, and enjoy the halftime show. However, the merriment often comes with consequences the next day.
Research has shown that the Monday after the Super Bowl sees a significant increase in absenteeism from work. According to a survey by The Harris Poll conducted for the UKG Workforce Institute, 16.1 million workers in the U.S. will be calling in sick the day after Super Bowl 58. That's actually down from a year ago when an estimated 18.8 million workers said they planned to miss work the Monday following the game.
But why do so many people suddenly feel under the weather?
One reason could be excessive consumption of alcohol and unhealthy foods during Super Bowl parties. From beer and cocktails to greasy snacks and sugary treats, many indulge in excess, leading to headaches, stomach aches, and general feelings of malaise the next day.
Moreover, the late-night nature of the event contributes to fatigue, as the game often extends well past midnight on the East Coast. With less sleep and potentially disrupted sleep patterns, individuals may wake up feeling groggy and unrested.
Additionally, the emotional investment in the game can take a toll. Whether elated by victory or disheartened by defeat, the highs and lows of sports fandom can trigger stress responses in the body, impacting immune function and overall well-being.
Or maybe, some people just want to take a Monday off. A recent USA Today article suggests that the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday.
While the Super Bowl Flu may not be recognized by medical professionals, its effects are felt by workplaces across the country. Employers may notice a dip in productivity and morale as employees recover from their post-Super Bowl celebrations.
So, as you enjoy the excitement of the big game, remember to pace yourself, drink responsibly, and perhaps consider scheduling a recovery day to nurse any Super Bowl-induced ailments. That's really what PTO is for, isn't it?
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