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Wearables report highlights global sleep problems

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Average sleep duration is on the decline, according to the experiences of 26 million global smart wearables users.

Zepp Health’s International Sleep White Paper, based on data captured by Amazfit and Zepp smart wearables, shows that average global sleep duration fell in 2021 versus 2020, with users reporting 59 days in the year when they got less than the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep.

The data also shows that 16.3 per cent of the globally sampled population nap daily, with an average of 51 minutes of nap time per capita.

Average global sleep duration was 7h09mins in 2021, with female users sleeping relatively longer than their male counterparts.

Globally, users from Belgium obtained the longest average sleep duration of 7.5 hours per night, followed by the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. Comparatively, users from Indonesia had the least amount of sleep, with an average sleep duration of 6h 36mins, followed by Japan and Malaysia.

Active lifestyles lead to better sleep, lower resting heart rate and a healthier BMI.

Zepp Health’s annual report shows that users who walk 12,000 to 20,000 steps per day maintain a higher sleep quality and healthier resting heart rate of about 62.

Moderate aerobic exercise is beneficial to people with insomnia. Therefore, users are recommended to exercise regularly and maintain an active lifestyle to improve sleep quality and extend sleep duration.

The report also highlights that sufficient sleep can positively affect overall physical performance, sleep quality, and reduce mental stress.

BMI is an inexpensive and easy screening method for one’s health status; Zepp Health’s annual report shows that with seven to eight hours of sleep, the body is most likely to maintain a healthier BMI score, as well as a better sleep score.

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