Social pressures contribute to a ‘global sleep crisis’ — Study

  • Study says social pressures contribute to a ‘global sleep crisis’
  • It was disclosed that social pressures either weaken or conceal biological drives in the evening
  • New study also found out that women sleep 30 minutes longer than men

Social pressures are contributing to a “global sleep crisis”, disclosed a new research collected through a smartphone app.

In an Agence France-Presse article that was posted on GMA News, it was disclosed that social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep. Through an app, scientists from the University of Michigan were able to track sleep patterns around the world by gathering data about how certain matters — such as age, gender and the amount of natural light to which people are exposed — affect sleep patterns in 100 countries.

“We find that social pressures weaken and/or conceal biological drives in the evening, leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep,” the study, which was published in the journal Science Advances. The research is based on data collected through the free smartphone app Entrain, which was launched in 2014 to help users fight jetlag.

It was also disclosed that lack of sleep is mostly affected by the time people go to bed. Middle-aged men get the least amount of sleep; having less than the recommended seven to eight hours.

It was also found that women sleep 30 minutes longer than men on average by going to bed earlier and rising later.

In addition, people exposed longer to natural light every day often go to bed earlier.

Some 6,000 people, who are 15 years old and older, were asked to send anonymous data about sleep, wake-up and lighting environment, enabling the scientists to obtain a large amount of data about sleep patterns worldwide.

The app also asked users to input information about their ages, gender, countries and time zones.

 

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