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A night’s sleep is different for Asians

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You’d think that healthy sleep is something we all recognise wherever we may live—but scientists have discovered that a night’s sleep means different things for Westerners and Asians.

A typical Asian goes to sleep later and has shorter sleep than his Western counterpart—and even his quality of sleep is poorer, too.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have analysed sleep patterns and quality of sleep of more than 220,000 people in 35 countries who have been sharing their experiences on a sleep tracker.

The researchers explored a year’s data to understand the geographical differences in sleeping routines.  People in Asia have shorter sleep and have irregular habits about the time they go to bed and even how long they sleep.  

And they don’t make up the lack of sleep for deep sleep.  The quality of their sleep is also less than in the West, and they don’t sleep in at the weekend, either.

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References
Sleep Medicine, 2023; 110: 155; doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2023.08.010
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