Sleeping Habits Around the World
A great infographic has recently been released which has some very interesting and relevant facts about sleeping habits around the world, so now’s your chance to see how yours stack up.
Believe it or not, our sleep habits largely depend on our home life, culture, and the country we grew up in. On average, the amount of sleep we’re getting has decreased compared to 100 years ago, with some countries getting more sleep than others.
For those who nap regularly, you’re doing the right thing. Many people find napping to be tricky, but those who have mastered this skill have better concentration and memory than those who are just aiming to get through the day or turning to another cup of coffee.
In fact, a recent study by NASA gave us some great insight into the importance of naps, and apparently the best napping time is actually two hours or longer, so it’s better to get up earlier and make up those snoozing hours later in the day. This is just proving what many Mediterranean and African countries already know, as they have long been napping through the warmest part of the day and staying up later at night.
The Japanese aren’t getting much sleep, with an average of 6 hours and 22 minutes on work days, and 7 hours and 12 minutes on days when they don’t have work. However the poor people who live in Tokyo are only getting around 5 hours and 46 minutes each night. This is due to many different factors, including the fact that many people have a long commute to the office each day, and in Japan hard work is idolised, with bosses approving of people who fall asleep at their desks.
Americans aren’t shaping up much better. On work nights most people are getting just 6 hours and 31 minutes of sleep-just a little more than the Japanese, and 7 hours and 22 minutes on nights when they aren’t working. This means that only around 4% of Americans are getting enough sleep to function at their best.
Mexicans are doing much better, with 7 hours and 6 minutes of sleep when they have work, unless they live in Mexico City where they’ll only get 6 hours and 30 minutes. However, it seems that Mexicans need more sleep to function at their best, and should ideally be getting 8 hours and 15 minutes each night.
Germans get around 7 hours of sleep each night, with a respectable 8 hours on nights when they don’t have to work. This is better than many countries since they need 7 and a half hours for peak performance.
If you’re finding it hard to get (or stay) asleep, there are some things you can do to help. Avoid screen time for an hour before you go to bed, check how old your mattress is (you can now buy Mattresses Online) and have a hot drink or a warm bath before getting ready to snooze.