Where in the World are People Getting Their Best Sleep?

Sleep is a hot topic world-wide. A recent survey looked at sleep trends across the globe and found where people are getting their worst and best sleep.

By Sheryl Grassie

Every year, to honor World Sleep Day, Philips (the think light bulb and technology company) does a survey on global sleep. They have a mission: to help improve sleep and manufacture devices that assist with sleep issues. In 2019, they partnered with the KJT Group to conduct the online Philips Global Sleep Survey. Just over 11,000 adults, roughly half men and half women, from 12 different countries participated and shared their views, their routines, and their concerns. Of this overall number, 62% reported experiencing less than adequate sleep on a regular basis.

Findings

The study netted a lot of interesting data. It ranked the 12 countries (United States, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and the Netherlands) from best to worst for getting good sleep, looked at the impact of lifestyle factors, covered trends in sleep, and proffered statistics on particulars like pets in bed and night waking.

Rankings

Out of the countries listed above, the ones where people are having the best sleep experience are India and China, and conversely the countries having the worst sleep experience are South Korea and Japan.

Lifestyle Impact

Why aren’t people sleeping? Many reported aspects of lifestyle have directly influencing their sleep.

  • Worry & Stress: Life stressors and worry over money, health, and relationships was reported by 54% of participants as affecting their sleep.
  • Sleep Environment: Reported by 40% of those surveyed, things like room temperature, light, noise, and a comfortable bed are all part of sleep environment.
  • Work or School Schedule: 37% said that their responsibilities from work or school interfered with sleep.
  • Entertainment: 36% cited different forms of entertainment, like watching TV, checking emails, or surfing online as a factor in getting enough sleep.
  • Health: Almost a third, 32%, of participants reported health issues being a problem in relation to getting enough sleep. Insomnia, snoring, pain, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome are examples of the kind of health issues cited.

Trends in Sleep

  • Couples Sleeping Apart: One trend cited in relation to the study was couples sleeping in separate rooms to try and experience un-interrupted sleep.
  • Changing Sleep Conditions: 43% of participants said their sleep has gotten worse in the past 5 years. 26% said it has gotten better, and 31% said it has stayed the same.

Incidental Statistics

  • Impact on Health: 50% of the people surveyed said they thought sleep impacted their health more than diet and exercise.
  • Improving Sleep: 80% said they wanted to improve the quality of their sleep, but of those only 20% had sought professional help to do so.
  • Sleep Amounts: The study maintains that 8 hours is the ideal amount of sleep per night. The average amount of sleep across countries was 6.8 hours per night during the week and 7.8 hours on the weekend.
  • Pets in Bed: Sleeping with pets is a common occurrence across countries: India at 36% and the United States at 30% were the highest percentages of reported households where pets slept in bed with their owners.
  • Night Waking: 67% of the study participants reported waking during the night.
  • Daytime Sleepiness: 60% experience notable daytime sleepiness at least 2 times per week.

Summary

Where in the world are people getting their best sleep? In the 2019 Philips World Sleep Survey, India came in #1 for the place people are getting the best sleep. However, participants from every country, including India, reported numerous concerns regarding sleep. The importance of sleep for health, and pervasive problems with getting good quality sleep, were notables from the study. What fact surprised you the most?


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