Singaporeans Don't Sleep Enough (Surprise, Surprise)

This, and other sleep trivia you should know this World Sleep Day (Mar 16).

You know the basics to getting a good sleep - don't use your phone or other digital devices when in bed, don't exercise too late, don't eat or drink too much before hitting the sack. But here's what you probably don't know, and may just help you sleep even better.

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6.56: No. of hours of sleep Singaporeans clock on average per night, making us one of the poorest sleepers in the world, according to a 2017 study by fitness-tracking firm Fitbit. Japan takes the top spot, with an average of only 6.35 hours of sleep per night. With World Sleep Day falling on March 16 this year, it’s high time to prioritise Vitamin Zzz to prevent health problems like headaches, fatigue, poor focus, heart disease and anxiety issues.

44 per cent: Proportion of Singaporeans who have insufficient sleep — seven hours or less — on weekdays, according to a 2017 study by SingHealth Polyclinics.

13 hours: Length of the work shifts of Chernobyl power plant workers before the devastating explosion occurred in 1986. It’s widely believed that human error as a result of fatigue was a contributing factor that led to one of the deadliest nuclear disasters in history. 


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1: No. of albums produced to send you to sleep — intentionally. Sleep Better by DJ Tom Middleton aims to help listeners unwind by reducing heart rate and blood pressure. The British electronic DJ, who’s been the opening act for Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg, produced the album of "ambient psychoacoustic soundscapes" with the help of cognitive neuroscientists. It’ll be released on — you guessed it — World Sleep Day.



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15 hours: How much Mariah Carey sleeps a day, reportedly to preserve her voice. The superstar also admitted to sleeping with 20 humidifiers around her bed.  

8.15am: The time school starts at Nanyang Girls High, about 45 minutes later than most schools. The secondary school implemented this in 2016 after a Duke-NUS Medical School study showed that 80 per cent of teens here don’t get enough sleep, which affects their health, grades and cognitive abilities. 

8 per cent: Proportion of people who sleep on their backs, according to a 2015 study. This is the best position as it alleviates heartburn, and reduces backaches. Most people prefer to sleep on their sides, adopting the foetal position, which can aggravate heartburn and hip pain.


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