Interesting Information About Sleep Habits Around the World

Are you a good sleeper? Do you fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow, or do you find yourself lying awake for hours and tossing and turning? If you’re a bit of an insomniac, part of this can be because of an old or uncomfortable mattress, so it can be a good idea to go to Mattress Next Day and check out their range of mattresses.

I always wondered how my nights sleep compares to people from around the world, and there has recently been some interesting information released which looks at how long, and the way people sleep in different countries.


I’ve always wanted to be able to nap. I’ve tried multiple times to have a refreshing snooze in the afternoon, but I’ll either lie awake frustrated or end up groggy and sleeping for hours longer than I meant to, and usually staying awake all night. However NASA has done a study which indicates that people who are napping for longer than two hours each day have better concentration and a better memory than those who don’t nap. This is unlikely to be news in Africa and the Mediterranean, as many people in these areas of the world will take a nap during the hottest part of the day and simply stay up a little later during the cool of the night.

People in Germany usually get an average of 7 hours and 1 minute sleep on nights when they’re working, but get a whole hour more on non-work nights. This mean they’re slightly making up for their lack of sleep on work days, but they still need an average of 7 hours and 31 minutes in order to perform at their best each day.

In the United States, a lot of people are sleep deprived, and only 4% think they’re getting enough sleep each night. Americans get an average of 6 hours and 31 minutes when they have work the next day, so no wonder they’re yawning. In order to feel good at the office the next day, they really need around 42 extra minutes each night.


Canadians are getting half an hour sleep more than people from the United States and have an average of 7 hours and 3 minutes on work nights. However a staggering 53% of people are getting a less than ideal sleep, and they actually need around 19 minutes more each night.

The Japanese get an average of 6 hours and 22 minutes on work nights, unless they live in Tokyo and in that case they get a tiny 5 hours and 46 minutes. It’s a good thing that napping is encouraged in Japan, and bosses see day-time naps as a good sign that their employees are working hard.

Mexicans need 8 hours and 15 minutes of sleep each night in order to feel good, however they’re only getting around 7 hours and 6 minutes.

I found these sleep habits incredibly interesting, and I think it’s amazing how countries, culture, and environment can effect how much sleep we have, and also how people from around the world need different amounts of sleep each night.

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