A report released by Statistics Canada this week opened blinds which illuminated Canadians’ sleep habits.
The study examined over 10,000 Canadians between the ages of 18 to 79, over a six-year span.
The following five sleep statistics from the study will surprise you:
1. More than 50 per cent of women have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep.
According to the report, 55% of women aged 18-64 reported problems falling asleep, or staying asleep “sometimes/most of the time/ all of the time.” In comparison, just 43% of men reported similar sleeping problems.
The researchers note that a lack of sleep, in both duration and quality, is linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, injuries, death from all causes, depression, irritability and reduced well-being.
2. One in three Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep
Roughly a third of the surveyed participants don’t get the recommended number of hours that are optimal for strong physical and mental health.
“This group also experiences poor sleep quality more frequently than do those who sleep the recommended number of hours,” the researchers said in their report.
Optimal snooze time for adults between 18-64 should be seven to nine hours of sleep; people over 65 should aim for seven to eight hours.
3. Almost half of Canadians don’t find their sleep refreshing
Statistics Canada reports 40% of men and 48% of women don’t get a consistent, revitalizing night’s rest.
They also found that one-third of the responders struggled staying awake in the daytime.
4. Canadians are getting even less sleep than they were in 2005
Today, Canadians average about an hour less of sleep that they did in 2005.
The average sleep time for Canadians between 2007-13 was 7.12, which pales to the comforting 8.2 hours we averaged in ’05.
Insufficient sleep has been associated to exposure to artificial light at night, caffeine consumption, work demands, social commitments, and family dynamics, say the researchers.
5. Women sleep longer than men
The report shows women sleep 15 minutes longer than men on average; women get 7.24 hours, while men get about seven.
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