Insufficient sleep for most

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  • Friday, 14 Mar 2014

ARE you getting enough sleep? According to this week’s The Star Online survey, respondents aged between 26 and 35 are getting only four to six hours of sleep on a regular night.

In the survey, we asked our readers how many hours of sleep they got each night, how long it took them to fall asleep, what was their age group, whether their sleeping hours were sufficient and the reasons for them not getting enough sleep.

Out of 7,297 respondents, 4,241 (58%) said they got between four and six hours of sleep, while 2,516 respondents (34%) said they got seven to eight hours of sleep. Only 334 people (4.5%) said they survived on less than four hours.

A total of 3,377 respondents (46%) said it took them about 30 minutes to fall asleep, while 2,524 (35%) said they fell asleep as soon as they hit the pillow. Some 850 (12%) respondents said it took them about an hour to fall asleep.

In terms of age groups, out of 7,297 respondents, 2,238 (31%) are between 26 and 35 years, 1,594 (22%) are 36 to 45, 1,316 (18%) are 16 to 25, 1,198 (16%) are 46 to 55, while 951 respondents (13%) are 56 years and above.

A total of 4,432 respondents (61%) said their sleeping hours were insufficient and 3,380 respondents (46%) said this was because of stress.

Out of 7,297 respondents, 2,706 (37%) said it was because they used electronic gadgets (smartphone, laptop, TV, tablet) in the bedroom. Also, 1,507 respondents (21%) said they were sleep deprived because of irregular working hours.

Respondents from 105 countries, the top five being Malaysia, United States, Singapore, India and Australia, took part in the survey.

It is World Sleep Day today and according to, the annual event is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), which aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems in society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

We took the survey results to our Facebook followers and many of them said they got between five and seven hours of sleep a night.

“I rarely sleep on time, never get enough sleep and it’s often because of stress,” said one follower.

“On average, I get between six and seven hours, although it is less on some days. I know I need steady and regular hours of sleep.

“I read at night and I get caught up with gadgets, which is bad,” said another follower.

“I get about five to six hours of sleep on average on weeknights, and I take forever to fall asleep. I read and I must fidget with gadgets before I turn in,” said another follower.

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