Fitbit study reveals Singaporeans are the 3rd-worst sleepers in the world

No wonder we're always so sian.

By Joshua Lee | March 18, 2017

Singaporeans are the third-poorest sleepers in the world, according to a recent study by fitness-tracking company Fitbit.

According to a report in Today, the company conducted a sleep study using aggregated and anonymous data from Fitbit users across 18 countries between January and December last year.

The findings show Singaporeans were sleeping on average 6.56 hours each night, joint-third-worst with Taiwan and South Korea. Only the Japanese and Indians slept fewer hours.

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On the other end of the spectrum, people in the United Kingdom and New Zealand clocked in the most hours, sleeping an average of 7.16 hours and 7.25 hours respectively.

According to experts, we should sleep at least seven hours per night.

The results agree with a previous sleep study conducted by SingHealth from February through June 2015. That study found that more than 40 per cent of Singaporeans did not get enough sleep on weekdays.

The SingHealth study also qualified that a number of factors, including “consumption habits, employment, home environment and regularity of sleep patterns” affected each person’s quality of sleep.

The usage of mobile devices in the bedroom was also found to affect the number of hours respondents slept.

So make sure you keep that iPad away before you tuck yourself in, or you might find yourself sleeping less than you should.


Top photo via Japan Times

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