If you are an Indian, we have good news for you! When it comes to getting some quality shut-eye, Indians are in the number one spot. India, followed by Saudi Arabia and China, are amongst the most restful populations in the world (Serbia and the United States complete the top five list). According to the IPSOS Global Views on Healthcare 2018 survey, two-thirds of Indians say that they are getting enough sleep as opposed to a mere one-third of people in Japan and South Korea.
In a global market research survey conducted by the KJT Group, on behalf of Philips, among 11,006 adults in 12 countries, it was found that roughly 62% people worldwide feel that they don’t get restful sleep. Japan and South Korea appear at the bottom when it comes to poor sleeping habits.
Findings showed that as opposed to getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, more than 6 in 10 adults sleep longer hours on the weekend to catch up on lost sleep. The top five reasons that impact the quality of an individual’s sleep is as follows:
1. Worry and stress.
2. Sleep environment.
3. Work or school schedule.
4. Binge-watching shows, socialising, etc.
5. Health conditions.
Sleep is finally being recognised as a key contributor to an individual’s overall health and well-being. It seems that losing just one or two hours of sleep can have the same impact on motor and cognitive functions as skipping a full day of sleep. It’s not just a matter of feeling groggy either. Sleeping less than 6 hours (as compared to 7 to 9 hours on average) increases your mortality rate by a whopping 13%. Poor sleep is also bad for the economy, causing countries to lose billions of rupees in productivity.
While Indians seem to be getting the best sleep in the world, there’s no denying the fact that we also lead stressful lifestyles. So, we’d suggest skipping that last episode on Netflix tonight and get some rest instead.