Japanese People Sleep the Least in the World, Study Says


Japan has once again topped a list of countries that sleeps the least, according to a new study by Finnish manufacturing company Polar Electro’s Japan branch.

The study compares the sleeping pattern of men and women from 28 different countries using the Polar A370 and Polar M430 model fitness trackers. The result, which shows Japan as the country that sleeps the least, according to IT Media via SoraNews24.

Data shows that Japanese men and women only sleep an average of 6 hours and 30 minutes, and 6 hours and 40 minutes, respectively.

The top countries listed by Polar Electro for getting the least amount of sleep are as follows:

5. Men: Colombia (6:49), Women: China (7:11)
4. Men: Brazil (6:47), Women: Colombia (7:10)
3. Men: Israel and Hong Kong (6:42), Women: Hong Kong (6:59)
2. Women: Israel (6:51)
1. Men: Japan (6:30), Women: (6:40)

The study points out that only three countries’ women and seven countries’ men averaged less than seven hours of sleep per night, making the data gathered from Japan even more significant.

Japanese workers also often don’t get up any earlier than those of their counterparts, but they do go to bed much later. Japanese men go to bed later compared to those in other countries except Hong Kong, Brazil, China and Spain. Women from Japan, on the other hand, don’t go to bed much later than women from Hong Kong and Spain.

Here are the top countries where men and women get the most sleep, according to the data gathered by Polar Electro:

1. Men: Finland (7:24), Women: Finland and Belgium (7:45)
2. Men: Estonia and France (7:23), Women: France (7:44)
3. Men: Austria (7:21), Women: Holland and Canada (7:41)
4. Men: Holland (7:20), Women: Austria (7:36)

It’s important to note that the study focused on people who like to keep fit as they continuously wear their fitness tracking devices throughout the day to monitor their health and sleeping habit. The company also did not include the participants’ age or occupation.