#WorldSleepDay: Over 60% Indians Feel Exercise Is More Important Than Sleep

32 percent Indians believe that technology is a major sleep distractor

How many times have you cut down on your precious sleep hours just because you had to work? How many times did you make do with just five-hour sleep to attend an early morning gym class?

Do you have those perfect abs at the cost of dark circles ?

Indians are ‘vacation-deprived work-obsessed‘ people who wouldn’t mind prioritising other things including exercise and work over sleep. And now, a global survey has shed new light in this regard.

According to the Global Sleep Survey  commissioned by Philips– 66 percent Indians feel exercise is more important for the overall health of a person than sleep!

The survey was conducted with over 15,000 aged 18 years and above across 13 countries– India, China, Australia, Brazil, US, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Poland, Japan, France, Germany, to understand how people perceive sleep as part of their health and wellness.

How well do the Indians sleep?
Not much apparently! As per the results of the survey, 32 percent Indians believe that technology is a major sleep distractor, while 19 percent people believe that overlapping of work hours with normal sleep time is one of the major barriers to a good night’s sleep.

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Furthermore, while 24 percent Indians had to opt for specialised bedding for a good sleep, 45 percent adults meditated to initiate sleep.

Interestingly, despite the prevalence of snoring, which is a common indicator of having sleep apnea, only 12 percent Indians said that they suffered from the condition, which in turn affected the quality of their sleep.

How well does the world sleep?
The survey revealed that nearly 67 percent adults recognise the impact sleep has on their overall health and well-being. Despite this, more adults follow a set schedule for meals (56 percent) and wake-up time (53 percent) than for bedtime (46 percent).

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Apart from this, the survey revealed that worrying (58 percent) and financial issues (34 percent) were the top global offender when it comes to disturbed sleep.

As far as the impact of a bad night’s sleep (less than the recommended 7-8 hours) is concerned, the survey noted a remarkable difference in their appearance, mood, motivation and concentration levels.

So folks, are you getting enough sleep?