Everyone understands the importance of sleep, yet many still do not get enough of it each night. In Asia, sleep deprivation is a critical and growing health issue, with 1 in 10 people suffering from a sleep-related medical condition.
In an AIA sleep study in conducted in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore), we found that 55% of people surveyed admitted to having just 6 hours or less of sleep each night. Singapore is no different, with 55% of those surveyed saying they slept 6 hours or less each night.
To learn more about our findings from the sleep study, as well as gain access to valuable sleep-related content, you can visit our dedicated AIA sleep content hub. Here, you can learn tips for a better night’s rest, understand the benefits of having sufficient quality sleep, find out more about sleep practices from Tottenham Hotspurs players, and get sleep insights from former Manchester United and Real Madrid Midfielder David Beckham.
Myth of sleeping less to achieve more
There is a misconception that sacrificing sleep can help you meet other opportunities of modern life, including excelling at working within tight deadlines, networking with business acquaintances and socialising with friends or picking up new skills or qualifications.
The truth could not be further away from this, as less sleep usually leads to detrimental implications in the long run. While you may have more waking hours to accomplish more, the reality is that you will likely be less productive during those hours. In the longer-term, you may also be at increased risk of suffering from chronic illnesses, have a weaker immune system, more erratic moods, lower energy levels and be even more stressed and anxious.
Insufficient sleep will likely lead to you living a poorer quality of life in general – here are five ways how.