If you have a skinful on a school night, work will suffer. Simples.

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The most stupid and pointless research award of the week goes to a bizarre bunch of Italians. They are the people who made the amazing discovery that people who get up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night are less productive at work than those who sleep right the way through.

An Italian study discovered that ‘Nocturia’, the condition in which a person wakes up once or more in a night to urinate – leads to ‘notable work productivity loss’.

But surely this is obvious?

If you get up to go to the loo in the middle of the night, it’s most likely because you’ve had a skinful of beer.

And if you’ve had a skinful of beer, you’ll most likely wake up the next day with a hangover.

And if you go to work with a hangover, you’re not going to be as productive there as you would have been with a clear head.

Talk about stating the obvious.

Why on earth did they spend thousands researching this when I could have told them the reason in 10 seconds flat?

Now then, a bit of social research. I’m interested to know if anyone else does this.

I wanted to watch an hour-long TV show the other night, but I got home a bit late and missed the first half-an-hour of it.

Now, I could have hung on for 30 minutes and watched the whole thing on the Plus One Channel.

But instead I decided that I couldn’t wait, so I watched the last half-hour of the programme on the normal channel.

Then I flipped over to the Plus One Channel and watched the preceding half-an-hour up to the point where I’d already watched.

It’s a mad way to watch TV, but strangely satisfying, although I don’t know why.

I wonder, does anyone else do this?