Wednesday, 20 August 2014

S'pore 3rd most sleep-deprived city: Study

SINGAPORE - Just like their parents, the current generation of working adults here spend long hours in the office, working their way up the career ladder. But, unlike them, their day hardly ends there.

A recent study by Jawbone shows that Singapore is among the cities where people grab the least amount of sleep in the world, clocking an average of just six hours and 32 minutes a day.

Tokyo takes the dubious honour of being the city where people sleep the least - snoozing for just five hours and 46 minutes per night on average. South Korea trails slightly behind at five hours and 55 minutes.

The research tracked users of a digitised wristband that monitors sleep and movement.
A separate study had found that Singaporeans put in some of the longest hours among developed countries - an average of 2,287 hours a year.

While long working hours play a part, it is what Singaporeans choose to do after office hours that deprives them of sleep.

The scenarios differ, but the result is the same. Some choose to hit the trendiest clubs in town, others use after hours to spend quality time with their loved ones, and some opt to do the most mundane of things, like painting their nails.
While their pursuits after work are individual, all of them take hours to fulfil. And these hours are snatched by cutting down on sleep.
For lawyer Anna Tan, 26, it is this "me time" that she treasures, and it is not hard to see why, when she averages 13-hour work days.

"I will just lie on my sofa and reply the string of text messages I missed throughout the day, sometimes pampering myself with a face mask," she said.
"It is a luxury for me whenever I have this pocket of spare time and I don't want to waste it by going straight to sleep."

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