Stats: 52% of People Worldwide Not Getting Enough Sleep

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More than half of the world is not getting enough sleep, according to the latest relaxation report from Princess Cruises and Wakefield Research. In the study, which surveyed 1,000 nationally representative adults in eight countries, 52 percent of respondents reported getting less sleep than they need, although this was down 1 percent from last year. 

Taking time off is one of the ways for adults to relax and de-stress. The survey found that over half of those surveyed (58%) took all of the vacation days available to them in the last year. At 68 percent, UK respondents were the best at taking all of their vacation days, while Australians came in last at 43 percent. Just ahead of Australia and Indonesia (52%), 54 percent of Americans reported utilizing all of their time off. However, when using their vacation days, 81 percent of those who are employed take days off to catch up on sleep – an increase of 4 percent.

Here are some more key findings from the report: 


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  • Commitment to Relax – An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) set aside time specifically dedicated for relaxation on a weekly or more basis, increasing slightly from 84 percent in 2018.
  • Good Practice – Regular relaxation can become a way of life. More than 3 in 5 (61%) of those who set time aside every week to relax used all of their paid time off, compared to 40 percent of those who did not make time to relax every week.
  • Worn Out – Working parents (53%) are more likely than non-parents (41%) to take a week or more off every year to catch up on sleep.
  • Maxing Out – Working people who are married or in a relationship (63%) were more likely to have used all of their paid time off in the last year, compared to those who are not married or in a relationship (46%).

The study also examined how many adults in each particular country were getting enough sleep this year versus last year:

  • UK: 66 percent versus 63 percent last year
  • Singapore: 61 percent versus 62 percent
  • Australia: 59 percent versus 61 percent
  • U.S.: 53 percent versus 58 percent
  • China: 51 percent versus 53 percent
  • Mexico: 44 percent
  • Vietnam: 37 percent versus 38 percent
  • Indonesia: 35 percent versus 34 percent

Finally, the report explored the average number of days per year taken off to catch up on sleep by country:

  • Vietnam – 10 days
  • China – 10 days
  • Mexico – 10 days
  • Indonesia – 9 days
  • Singapore – 8 days
  • Australia – 7 days
  • U.S. – 7 days
  • United Kingdom - 4 days

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