-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep culture seems to vary
depending on where you live, according to an international
For example, people in the United States and Japan get less
shuteye than those in Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United
The survey results showed that Americans and Japanese sleep 30
to 40 minutes less on work nights than people in the other
countries, averaging six hours and 31 minutes and six hours and 22
The National Sleep Foundation survey found that about two-thirds
of Japanese people (66 percent) sleep less than seven hours on work
nights, compared to about half of Americans (53 percent) and about
one-third of people in the United Kingdom (39 percent), Germany (36
percent), Canada (30 percent) and Mexico (29 percent).
In addition, about 21 percent of Americans said they slept less
than six hours on work nights, compared with 19 percent of
Japanese, 18 percent of Britons, 11 percent of Mexicans, 10 percent
of Germans and 7 percent of Canadians.
Perhaps to make up for all that lost sleep on work nights, 51
percent of Americans and Japanese said they took at least one
daytime nap in the past two weeks. People in every country surveyed
said they slept in on weekends, with an average of 45 minutes of
Among the other findings:
The survey uncovered cultural differences in the bedtime rituals
and habits of the six countries. For example, 62 percent of
Mexicans and nearly 47 percent of Americans meditate or pray in the
hour before sleep. In the United Kingdom, 43 percent drink a
soothing beverage, such as tea, before bed and 30 percent said they
Television viewing was the most common pre-sleep activity.
Between 66 percent and 80 percent of people in all the countries
surveyed said they watched TV in the hour before going to bed.
"As the first international public opinion poll on sleep, the National Sleep Foundation 2013 Bedroom Poll makes an important contribution to the field," Namni Goel, a research associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the expert panel, said in the news release.
"Although we know that everyone sleeps, the rather remarkable cultural differences within this universal experience have not been adequately explored," she said. "It is [the National Sleep Foundation's] hope that this initial poll will inspire more research on this critical yet understudied topic."
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