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World Sleep Day: Over 60% Indians Feel Sleep is not a Priority

World Sleep Day: Over 60% Indians Feel Sleep is not a Priority
Over 60 percent of Indians feel exercise is the top factor impacting health and well-being more than sleep, finds a survey that highlighted the need for good sleep for better health.

The survey, led by Philips India, showed that 19 percent of Indian adults account overlapping work hours with normal sleep time (shift work sleep disorder) as a key barrier to sleep.

According to another 32 percent, technology is a major sleep distractor.

While 45 percent adults have tried mediation to initiate and maintain good sleep, 24 percent reported having tried specialised bedding.

"Sleep disorder is a much more serious issue than what most people understand, especially given their direct correlation with other serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke etc," Harish R, Head (Sleep and Respiratory Care) at Philips, said in a statement.

"In a country where snoring is traditionally associated with sound sleep, it is extremely challenging to make people aware that it is a sign of a serious sleep disorder," he added.

The findings will provide directions to raise awareness and innovate interventions to ensure an important but oft-neglected aspect of health and well-being: sleep health.

The survey was based on Philips annual global survey conducted with over 15,000 adults across 13 countries - India, the US, the UK, Germany, Poland, France, China, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.