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Sri Lankans don't get enough sleep: report

Publication Date : 21-02-2014


Is Sri Lanka sleep-deprived as a nation? This interesting possibility was discovered from global research conducted by AIA Group, Asia’s leading life insurer, in Sri Lanka and across 15 of its markets in the region.

The research, focusing on attitudes towards healthy living, was a forerunner to creating awareness among Asians of the need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Over 1,000 face-to-face interviews were conducted across the region among those aged 18 to 65, from all income and education levels. The main objective of the survey was to discover what factors influenced people's life expectancy and health.

These findings are a matter of great significance to Sri Lanka which has among the world's fastest aging populations, and whose life expectancy is notably higher than most other Asian nations.

Nine-nine per cent of those interviewed in Sri Lanka agreed that leading a healthy lifestyle was important, rating "fitness" the highest priority on a scale of 1 to 10. However, it was also revealed they only have an average of 6.7 hours of sleep every night, and said that they would like at least an hour more of sleep per night.

In contrast, respondants in India said that they slept up to 7.8 hours a night.

Other unhealthy habits by Sri Lankans included lack of exercise, an imbalanced diet, lack of regular medical check ups and relying on television to relieve stress. The report also noted that 64 per cent of Sri Lankans do recreational activities with their families when they are stressed, compared to the average 42 per cent showed by the rest of the region.

Overall, a total score of 63 placed Sri Lanka in the "second tier" of the healthy living index - below nations like Vietnam, China and Macau. India scored the lowest in the region with a score of 55, while Vietnam scored the highest at 70.


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