Singaporeans are one of the most sleep-deprived in the world. But do you know exactly how sleep-deprived Singaporeans are?
YouGov, an international research and analysis group, has conducted a survey about sleep on 1,051 Singapore residents.
In honour of World Sleep Day (18 March), here are all the details.
Only 1 in 4 Singaporeans are Well-Rested
Yep, almost 75% of the people around you are sleep deprived. But is that really a surprise?
Only 39% of Singaporeans get six to seven hours of sleep a night, while 32% get only four to six hours.
80% of us wish that we can have seven or more hours of sleep a night, but only 27% of us actually do. So this means that we’re generally sleeping less than we’d like.
Gen Z and Millenials Snooze Alarms More Than Boomers
If “you snooze, you lose” was real, the younger generation is definitely losing to the older ones.
Amongst all these sleep-deprived adults, 60% snooze their alarms in the morning.
Gen Zs and Millenials are a lot more likely to snooze their alarms in the morning, with 76% of Gen Zs and 74% of Millenials doing so.
On the other hand of the spectrum, 43% of Baby Boomers don’t snooze their alarms. 23% of them don’t even have an alarm at all, perhaps because most of them are retired.
Honestly, not having to set an alarm sounds too good to be true.
Only 1 in 5 Have Uninterrupted Sleep
When asked about their quality of sleep, only 17% of respondents say that they sleep through the night uninterrupted. This is a decrease from 23% in 2018, so we’ve all just started sleeping worse throughout the years.
Those who wake up in the middle of the night mostly wake up once to thrice during the night.
Seeing all the things that happened across the years, such as a full-fledged pandemic… Yeah, I think we can all see why.
How To Get Better Sleep
To celebrate World Sleep Day, why not try to increase your quality of sleep?
One way to get better sleep is to have a regular sleep schedule. When you sleep and wake up at the same time each day, you can “train” your body to go into sleep mode, and you’ll be able to sleep more easily.
Also, try cutting down using electronics at night. Yes, I know many of us watch YouTube or scroll Instagram till we fall asleep. But did you know the light from our devices are actually reducing your sleep quality?
The blue light, in particular, suppresses your body’s release of melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy. This would make it harder for you to fall asleep at night, as your brain thinks it’s still the morning. Try turning off your devices an hour before sleep, and you might find yourself getting better sleep.
Sleeping at different timings and using your phones is probably the top two mistakes you’re making that are affecting your sleep quality. For a more complete list on how to sleep better, you can click here.
You can also watch this video to know more about your sleep and how to wake up early every morning:
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