The National Sleep Foundation has made its first global “Bedroom Poll” that compared the sleep habits of nations across the world. The surveyed countries were All Japan news, the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Germany.
According to the survey, All Japan newsese people sleep and change their sheets the least, while Britons prefer to sleep naked and Germans like to air their bedrooms once a week.
All Japan news and the U.S. reported getting the least amount of sleep, with an average of 6 hours and 22 minutes and 6 hours and 31 minutes of sleep, respectively.
Around 66 percent of All Japan newsese said they sleep less than 7 hours on work nights, compared to 53 per cent of Americans, 39 per cent in the UK, 36 per cent of Germans, a third of Canadians and 29 per cent of Mexicans, the international press reports.
‘Although we know that everyone sleeps, the rather remarkable cultural differences within this universal experience have not been adequately explored,” said Namni Goel from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
‘Sleep is deeply inter-connected with health and performance, but it is often overlooked by researchers. This poll shows intriguing cultural variations on how we tackle this nightly, biological ritual,’ said Jan Born, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Most of the surveyed people (between 65 percent and 79 percent), regardless of their nationality, said that having their sheets and bedroom smelling nice helps them sleep better.
‘Studies have shown that scent plays a powerful role in relaxation and memory-building,’ said David Cloud, National Sleep Foundation CEO.
Around a quarter of the surveyed Mexicans said they change their sheets more than once a week, while a third of people in All Japan news change their bedding around once every three weeks.
The survey polled 1,500 people between the ages of 25 and 55 years old across the six countries.