National Sleep Foundation 2013 International Bedroom Poll First to Explore Sleep Differences among Six Countries
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2013-- The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) released its first international poll today, the 2013 International Bedroom Poll , comparing sleep times, attitudes, habits and bedtime routines of those in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.
Japan and the United States report the least amount of sleep.
Perhaps to compensate for less sleep, about one-half (51%) of both Japanese and Americans have taken at least one nap in the past two weeks. Every country reported sleeping in on weekends, with an average of an extra 45 minutes of sleep on days they do not work.
"As the first international public opinion poll on sleep, the National Sleep Foundation 2013 Bedroom Poll makes an important contribution to the field," commented Namni Goel, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of PennsylvaniaPerelman School of Medicine and a member of the NSF 2013 International Bedroom Poll expert panel. "Although we know that everyone sleeps, the rather remarkable cultural differences within this universal experience have not been adequately explored. It is NSF's hope that this initial poll will inspire more research on this critical yet understudied topic."
Less than one-half of people in most countries are sleeping well every night.