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Suffering of Sleeplessness From Asian People

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Airan is interested in investigating the social and health issue in Asia. Airan also doing research on effect of sleep disorder to health.

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According to a global research of sleep patterns recently issued by AC. Nielsen, a major source of consumer and marketplace information, an average of 37 percent of consumers don't normally go into bed until after midnight, while 40 percent of individuals in Asia Pacific do, compared to 34 percent of Americans and 32 percent of Europeans.

The poll was performed online by Nielsen in 28 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. According to a worldwide poll, the Portuguese are the world's largest night owls, with 75% not "hitting the bed" until after midnight, and up to 28% not retiring until after 1 am.

The Taiwanese are the world's second-largest night owls, with 69 percent going to bed after midnight and up to 35 percent staying up until 1 a.m.! Koreans (68 percent) and Hong Kongers (68 percent) are close behind (66 percent).

Malaysia came in eighth place in the world for late sleepers, with 54 percent of those polled going to bed after midnight. They slept 40% of the time between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m., and 14% of the time after 1 a.m.

Seven of the top ten night-owl countries in the world are Asian, with the other three being Mediterranean countries like Portugal, Spain, and Italy, which are known for late nights and mid-day siestas.

According to the AC. Nielsen statistics, "twenty-somethings" throughout the world are night owls, but individuals in their 30s in Asia Pacific are more likely to stay up until beyond midnight than Americans and Europeans of the same age.

Top 10 Night Owl Nations: Countries in Bed after Midnight

AC. Nielsen Findings

CountryBetween 12 and 1 amAfter 1 amTotal after 12 pm

1 Portugal

47%

28%

75%

2 Taiwan

34%

35%

69%

3 Korea

43%

25%

68%

4 Hong Kong

35%

31%

66%

5 Spain

45%

20%

65%

6 Japan

34%

26%

60%

7 Singapore

27%

27%

54%

8 Malaysia

40%

14%

54%

9 Thailand

24%

19%

43%

10 Italy

29%

10%

39%

5 Sensible Sleep Strategies

1) About half an hour before going to bed, do a soothing activity like reading, listening to music, chat with family members or meditation. Soaking in a warm bath can be therapeutic for some individuals.

2) Avoid eating or drinking too much before going to bed, since this might cause indigestion or disrupt your sleep by causing frequent nature calls. However, do not go to bed hungry. If required, have a small snack.

3) Stay away from alcoholic beverages. Although it may help you fall asleep at first, it might cause you to wake up later in the night and have trouble coming back to sleep. It also makes you drowsy the next day. Try bananas instead, which contain the amino acid tryptophan, that might aid in a restful night's sleep.

4) Create a peaceful, dark, cool, and pleasant sleeping environment. You can be kept awake by an environment that is too hot or too chilly. In your bedroom, reduce the amount of noise and light. Hang a heavy blanket or towel over the window if you need to sleep during the day. Make sure you have a comfy bed and bedding.

5) Get only as much sleep as you require. Oversleeping might make you feel even more fatigued and disrupt your internal "body clock." Even on weekends, I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

Many of us are sacrificing sleep to make time for what we perceive to be more essential or fascinating, such as jobs, domestic tasks, parenting and family duties, and a desire for social life, exercise, and pleasure. According to sleep specialists, this can be a very costly misstep. It has a significant impact on our health, work (for students, school achievement), and personal and public safety.

Regrettably, we are rapidly becoming a sleep-deprived culture. We now live in a 24-hour culture, a "rat race" in which sleep is seen as unimportant. Malaysians are rated eighth in the world for their proclivity for sleeping late. We sleep after midnight 54% of the time. We may pay a high price in terms of health, safety, and productivity.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Airan Tan

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