In terms of their health, an increasing number of people these days place a higher value on sleep. New trends on the Samsung Health app show how much people are becoming interested in sleep. Those who actively observed their sleep at least once a week for a year saw an 182% increase in users in the last two years. Still unanswered is: Did we get enough sleep? By examining the sleep patterns of 716 million Samsung Health customers globally, Samsung set out to address this question by performing one of the largest single studies on sleep health ever carried out. The average length of time spent sleeping has decreased intentionally from 7 hours and 3 minutes to 6 hours and 59 minutes, which is less than the critical 7-hour mark that the National Sleep Foundation recommends.
A worrying development is the rise in awake time during sleep, which results in a fall in sleep efficiency. Sleep efficiency is a crucial component of quality sleep and is measured by dividing the amount of time spent in bed each night by the amount of time actually spent asleep. No single demographic or geographic area was the focus of this trend.
- While the trend of decreased sleep efficiency among men is still there, women have seen the biggest declines in the last year.
- An increased reduction in sleep efficiency was observed in older demographics. Notably, the reduction was twice as great among people over the age of 70 as it was among people under the age of 20.
- North America saw the biggest decline in sleep efficiency, while Asia continued to have the lowest.
- All regions slept for fewer than seven hours, with the exception of North America and Europe.
How does this thing affect the younger generations?
Poor sleep hygiene has an effect on sleep quality as well. A further factor that exacerbates worldwide Sleep problems are caused by sleep debt, a metric of sleep irregularity that compares the quantity of sleep gained on weekends to that gained during the week. Teenagers had almost twice as much sleep debt as older adults, indicating that young people have the biggest sleep debt. By geography, the least amount of sleep debt is 41 minutes, found in Asia, while 47 minutes are in Latin America. Everywhere in the world, individuals sleep an additional 44 minutes on weekends.
Sleepers vs. sleep animals:
- Samsung aimed to investigate and classify different kinds of sleepers into sleep animals in order to obtain a better understanding of the common sleep patterns around the world.
- It’s interesting to see that a third of participants, or nervous penguins, had a sleep pattern that most people globally could relate to.
- Their circadian rhythms remain in good health, but they often have disruptions when they have sleep, which lowers the effectiveness of their sleep. More cautious deer or people with shorter sleep durations and longer wake hours were observed by older users.
- Nine times as many people in their 20s as in their 70s had “Cautious Deer” as their sleep animal. With increasing age in the age group, the animal’s ratio consistently decreased.
- In comparison to previous age groups, those in their 20s show “sun-averse moles” in addition to a higher representation of “sensitive hedgehogs”.
- As the age group shrank, so did the number of people falling into these categories who struggled with regular sleep.
- For enhancing the quality of sleep, a range of sleep coaching programs are available in addition to sleep animals. The fervent conviction is that improving sleep quality can be achieved by implementing minor, everyday routine adjustments.
- In order to assess the efficacy of sleep coaching, Samsung examined the number of users who advanced to a higher level of sleep animal with coaching.
Delivering quality sleep:
- An increase in sleep coaching participation was associated with improved sleep quality for some users. With two months of instruction as opposed to one month, every animal improved more.
- Within two months of receiving sleep coaching, 94% of “exhausted sharks”, the lowest category of sleep animals, described people who are obviously sleep deprived but still unable to get good sleep.
- Small things can lead to better health and good sleep. By gaining a deep comprehension of their individual sleep habits and receiving tailored motivation and coaching, users of the Galaxy Watch 6 series and Samsung Health can attain good sleep.
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