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Global survey on sleep habits shows surprising results

by FFE EU News staff

About a third of the British said they sleep naked. This is just one of the many points of interest a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation on six countries revealed.

The foundation’s 2013 International Bedroom Poll explored the differences in sleep habits among respondents in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

The interviews revolved around sleeping rituals, preferences and amount of sleep and were answered by 1,500 people ages 25 to 55.

All respondents revealed that they sleep an average of 45 percent more on days when they do not work. Meanwhile, people in Japan and America said they sleep 30 to 40 minutes less on workdays, averaging six and a half hours, than other countries surveyed.

Those who sleep less than 7 hours on work nights were two-thirds of the Japanese, around half of Americans, 40 percent of Brits, 36 percent of Germans and 30 percent of Canadians and Mexicans.

When it comes to the tidiest sleeper, Japan showed the highest percentage of people who rarely or never make their bed. On the other hand, Mexicans outraced the other countries with 82 percent saying they make their bed every day.

Almost a quarter of Mexican respondents also revealed that they change their sheets more than once a week. A third of the Japanese followed by 12 percent of Germans, however, said they change sheets less often than every three weeks.

Pleasant-smelling bedrooms were a must for 9 out of 10 in Mexico, Germany and Britain. They were followed by three-fourths of Americans and Canadians. But Germans placed more importance on fresh air – all respondents said they air out their bedroom weekly or more often.

Respondents in five countries said that they used an average of two pillows. The people in Japan, meanwhile, were used to sleeping with one. But 1 in 10 of Mexicans and Japanese said they sleep without a pillow.

62 percent of Mexicans and around 50 percent of Americans said that they pray or meditate before going to sleep, surpassing the other countries. The British preferred drinking soothing beverages like tea before bedtime.

Two-thirds of respondents in each country said they watch TV before going to bed, making it the most popular bedtime activity.




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