Most people in UAE sleep less than 8 hours a night

Ikea polls UAE residents to find out how many hours of shut-eye they’re getting every night

Dubai: About nine in ten people in the UAE are not getting the ideal eight hours of sleep a night, a new survey has revealed.

The sleep survey, commissioned by Swedish retailer Ikea, revealed that out of nearly 5,000 people polled in the UAE, about 90 per cent are not getting the perfect rest, with the majority (46.42 per cent) sleeping only for seven hours a night.

What is more worrying is that more than a third are seriously deprived, with 32.42 per cent admitting their nightly shut-eye averages only six hours.

The survey also found that one in three respondents miss out on five to nine hours of sleep a week and if they could, they would take back an equivalent of two and a half weeks’ worth of sleep a year.

How much sleep other people are getting

A smaller portion of residents (9.64 per cent) said they are sleeping for only five hours each night, while 1.76 per cent are able to sleep for four hours. The lucky ones who get the luxury of more than eight hours nightly represent only 9.15 per cent of the population.

How long do you sleep at night?

More than 8 hours 9.15 per cent
7 hours 46.42 per cent
6 hours 32.42 per cent
5 hours 9.64 per cent
4 hours 1.76 per cent
Less than 4 hours: 0.62 per cent

When asked what is preventing them from getting a good rest each night, UAE residents pointed to work stress, kids and technology as the major factors.

However, nearly one in four said they would give up their own partner for an extra hour in bed each day, while 48 per cent said they’re willing to give up social media.

Technology is one of the factors affecting most people’s bedroom habits, with half of the respondents saying they look at their phone before they speak to their partner in the morning and on average, 60 per cent would look at their gadget within five minutes of waking up.

“Sleep is a very emotive subject, it’s personal to all of us and something that we are very protective of. But with busy lives and technology always by our side, we can sometimes struggle to get the quality hours we need to wake up feeling refreshed and revived,” noted Vinod Jayan, managing director for Ikea UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Oman.

The survey was conducted among 4,672 respondents in the UAE from January 31 to February 6, 2018.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important to one’s health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26 to 64 years old should ideally sleep for seven to nine hours a night.




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