When you've had a big night on the town, stodgy food is the only thing standing between you and a horrific hangover.

But one woman's apparent attempt to stave off a thumping headache went askew when she fell asleep on a London tube, leaving the pizza she'd bought to escape from its box on to the floor, reports the Daily Mail.

A snap of the snoozing passenger was shared on Twitter by BBC reporter James Longman, who wrote: "Big night (it's 8am)".

It's not clear whether the woman was a little the worse for wear, or simply feeling tired after a long shift at work, but the image has certainly caught people's imaginations and has been shared 49,000 times and liked 18,000 times.

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People were overwhelmingly concerned at the waste of a good pizza, although many pointed out that it could be salvaged because the paper underneath prevented contact with the carriage floor.

Others were sure that the 10-second rule would surely apply if the pizza was salvaged in time.

People rejoiced in knowing the pizza had not yet touched the floor. Photo / Twitter
People rejoiced in knowing the pizza had not yet touched the floor. Photo / Twitter

One even said that when it comes to pizza, there's no limit to the time it can spend on the floor.

James himself joked that he could set up a crowdfunding page and track the unnamed woman down to buy her a new pizza.

However, some commenters were concerned for the woman rather than the pizza and asked if anyone had checked to see if she was all right.

Twitter decided that the pizza could be saved thanks to the paper. Photo / Twitter
Twitter decided that the pizza could be saved thanks to the paper. Photo / Twitter

Some pointed out that the tube now runs all night on certain lines, so there's no telling how long she'd been on there for.

"Have you checked for a pulse?" one asked.

The most important question is yet to be answered. Photo / Twitter
The most important question is yet to be answered. Photo / Twitter

However, the overwhelming theme of the comments was certainly about the takeaway with one person summing it all up by saying: "What I want to know is where do you get pizza at 8am?"