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India is the Second Most Sleep-Deprived Nation After Japan, Reveals a Fitbit Survey

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Oct 31, 2019 10:34 AM 1 min read

India is the second most sleep-deprived nation after Japan, reveals a Fitbit survey. Indian are the least active, logging in merely 6,533 steps daily also said the report.


Elon Musk’s comment on an 80-hour work week last year had sparked quite a bit of debate around the ideal number of working hours. 


While France may have brought the 35-hour workweek into the spotlight, not every workplace might be game for fewer work hours. 


Longer work hours would naturally translate into lesser activity through the day and fewer sleeping hours at the end of the day. 


Fitness solutions firm Fitbit has released a new report based on aggregated and anonymised user data insights from 18 countries, which revealed that India is the second-most sleep-deprived country after Japan among the 18. (Fun fact: Japan has a word for deaths caused due to overwork - “karoshi”.)


The report also revealed that Indians are the least active, logging in merely 6,533 steps daily - 3,600 steps less than the average of the most active country — Hong Kong.


It's a well-known fact that sleep is crucial to survival, also greatly impacting one’s memory and productivity. Moreover, a correlation between lack of quality sleep and a predisposition to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has long been established, and therefore it comes as no surprise that the rate of NCDs in India has been soaring.


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