Follow Us:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Asians sleep the least due to higher work and educational demands, says study

The findings also indicate that differences in sleep durations shift dramatically throughout adolescence and stabilises near 30 years of age around the world.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2019 12:40:43 pm
sleep, short sleep, asians, cultral habits, fitness trackers, indianexpress.com, indianexpress, new study, adolescence, Researchers compared the sleeping habits of 17,335 people who were asked to wear fitness trackers through which their 14-day sleep patterns were tracked. (Source: File Photo)

A new study indicates that young and middle-aged adults in Asia had the shortest sleep duration, and it may be due to high cultural demands.

“Higher work and educational demands in Asian countries compared to the West likely explain the latter’s shorter sleep duration,” said M Gradisar from Flinders University in Australia.

ALSO READ: Exercise may boost quality, duration of sleep in teens: Study

According to the researchers, young adults in Asia had the shortest sleep duration of six hours 30 minutes, whereas those in Oceania has seven hours 14 minutes, and Europe had the longest at seven hours seven minutes. Young adults in Central and Southern America and the Middle East also reported short sleep of six hour 40 minutes.

“Our findings suggest that cultural factors likely impinge upon the sleep opportunity of young people around the world,” Gradisar said.

For the study published in the journal Sleep Medicine, researchers compared the sleeping habits of 17,335 people who were asked to wear fitness trackers through which their 14-day sleep patterns were tracked.

ALSO READ: Just 16-minute sleep loss may put your job at risk: Study

The researchers studied the sleep duration, sleep mid-point and weekend catch up for participants aged 16 to 30 years.

The findings also indicate that differences in sleep durations shift dramatically throughout adolescence and stabilises near 30 years of age around the world.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Lifestyle News, download Indian Express App.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement