Recent research has been released which shed some light on sleeping habits around the world, and is a very interesting read. One thing is for sure, every country in the infographic is getting far less sleep than they need, and less sleep than they were getting a hundred years ago. This can often be attributed to a bad mattress, so visit Mattress Next Day if you need an upgrade.
While most people focus on getting their “eight straight”, a study by NASA has drawn attention to how important naps are. In fact those who nap have better memory and concentration than those who don’t, something which won’t be surprising to people living in many African and Mediterranean countries, where an afternoon nap is simply part of their culture.
On work nights, people in Mexico get an average of 7 hours and 6 minutes of sleep. However those living in Mexico City will be lucky to get a short 6 hours and 32 minutes. Unfortunately, the ideal amount of sleep for most Mexicans is 8 hours and 15 minutes, something very few people are actually getting.
Canadians are getting an average of 7n hours and 3 minutes, but need 19 minutes more than this in order to function at peak efficiency. On work nights, 53% of Canadians get less sleep than they need.
The Japanese get only 6 hours and 22 minutes of sleep on work nights, however they’re also encouraged to take naps at work as this shows that they’re working hard. On nights when they’re not working, they get an average of 7 hours and 12 minutes. In order to feel healthy and happy, the Japanese need to get an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes of sleep each night, which most of them are getting on non-work nights, but missing on the nights when they have work. Unfortunately people who live in Tokyo aren’t doing too well when it comes to getting enough Z’s, and are only getting 5 hours and 46 minutes per night.
In the UK the average sleep time on work nights is 6 hours and 49 minutes, compared to 7 hours and 26 minutes on non-work nights. In order to function at their best, Brits need an average of 7 hours and 20 minutes each night, so most of them are falling short by around 31 minutes per night.
Americans get only 6 hours and 31 minutes sleep on work nights, but catch up slightly on non-work nights with an average of 7 hours and 22 minutes. However most Americans are feeling tired, with only 4% reporting they’re getting enough sleep, and most of them needing at least an extra 42 minutes each night.
Germans get an average of 7 hours and 1 minute on work night, and an impressive 8 hours on days when they don’t have work. however they need 7 hours and 31 minutes in order to feel their best, so while they’re doing well on non-work nights, they’ll need to go to bed early on nights when they have work the next day.
Want to learn more about sleeping habits around the world? Check out the cool infographic down below.