New Delhi: Around 55 per cent of Indians get less than six hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, found a new survey conducted by community-based social media platform LocalCircles.
The results of the survey was released Friday, which also happened to be the World Sleep Day, observed every year on 17 March.
Over the past 12 months, the survey studied the average hours of uninterrupted sleep that a person gets each night. Of the 13,438 people surveyed, 43 per cent indicated six to eight hours, 34 per cent said it was four to six hours, 21 per cent got four hours and two per cent said they were able to catch eight to 10 hours of sleep.
In comparison to a 2022 survey, the results indicated that the percentage of citizens who were able to get less than six hours of uninterrupted sleep has risen in the past 12 months — from 50 per cent in 2022 to 55 per cent in 2023.
And what was the key interruption that stood in the way of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep? Out of the 13,387 respondents, 61 per cent cited the need to use the washroom once or more as the reason. Around 27 per cent indicated that going to bed late and scheduled household activities for early morning the next day was a cause.
About 24 per cent attributed their sleep interruption to other factors such as mosquito bites and external sounds. Another 20 per cent said medical conditions like sleep apnea inhibited a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Sleep patterns post Covid
The survey also looked at the ways in which sleep patterns have changed post Covid-19. Out of the 12,700 responses, 28 per cent of those surveyed admitted that their sleep pattern “has deteriorated”. However, 59 per cent said they found no change in their sleep patterns, be it pre or post pandemic.
While seven per cent stated their sleep patterns have improved owing to work-from-home conditions that help maintain and improve a work-life balance.
The survey received over 39,000 responses from citizens located in 309 districts of India. Around 64 per cent respondents were men, while 36 per cent were women.
About 43 per cent respondents were from tier 1 districts, 35 per cent from tier 2 and 22 per cent respondents were from tier 3 and 4 districts.
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