According to a survey by market research firm Wakefield Research, Singaporeans are the second most sleep-deprived in the world. The poll reveals that more than 8 in 10 Singaporeans spend their weekends sleeping in to repay the sleep debt they have accumulated over the week. Millennials, defined as those aged 22 and 37, contribute to the largest number of night owls, followed closely by those aged 38 to 53 in Generation X. According to Dr Michael Breus, a sleep expert interviewed alongside with the release of the survey results, these findings are worrying, as consistently having troubled sleep can lead to a dangerous surge of anxiety and depression. The advice here is that sleep debt is only payable on a day-to-day basis, and the key is to get a consistent sleep schedule, instead of snoozing on weekends and staying up extremely late on weekdays. So, close that laptop, stop that Netflix, and go to bed early – your bodies will thank you, folks!
Written by Uyen Le-Khuc