As the world's second most expensive player, a galactico and a star in the world's most prestigious football team, you might forgive Gareth Bale the odd sleepless night.
Fortunately, the Welshman is disciplined when it comes to getting a full night's rest, even with the added obstacle of two young children - s peaking to FourFourTwo , Bale has revealed why it's essential that he gets as much sleep as he possibly can.
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"I have always been brought up with the idea that sleep is the best form of recovery so the more you can sleep the better you will feel and the better you will perform.
"I’ve spoken to a sleep expert and he's told me to always try to go to bed and wake up at a similar time every night and morning. However, getting this consistency becomes difficult when you’re flying back from away night matches."
Bale added that the Los Blancos staff have ensured that he doesn't slack on his kip.
"The staff at Real Madrid are meticulous in how they prepare for games – there’s a real belief that every detail should be taken into account," the former Spurs winger said. "So while there are some more obvious things such as training and nutrition that they provide guidance on, there are smaller details like sleep that they have stressed are incredibly important.
"Madrid have looked at my individual sleep patterns – I’ve never been a morning person. Apparently that’s largely due to my natural body clock which is why I naturally fall asleep and wake up at later times. My energy levels tend to peak in the afternoon so the team here help me to plan my rest accordingly."
He added: " I don’t take a siesta. I like to get 9.5 hours a night. I don’t sleep during the day because I won’t then sleep at night."