76% of respondents in latest survey suffering from sleep deprivation in Hong Kong opt to nap on public transport

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Dr. Raymond Wong

10th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) In response to the prevalent issue of insufficient sleep among Hong Kong residents, ESDlife conducted a survey on the sleeping and napping habits of the population. The online questionnaire was administered to 705 participants, aiming to shed light on the factors contributing to poor sleep quality and the prevalence of daytime napping. The results revealed that approximately 70% of respondents perceived their sleep quality as subpar, with 74% attributing their sleep problems to high levels of stress. Interestingly, 76% of participants admitted to taking naps while commuting, with a significant proportion claiming that buses were the ideal setting for a power nap.

Work, family, and financial pressures emerged as the primary sources of stress affecting sleep quality, according to the survey. Furthermore, 56% of respondents reported feeling tired even after waking up, while 35% stated they were easily awakened during sleep. In total, 83% of participants expressed a desire for more sleep, with a staggering 97% yearning for a more restful slumber.

Dr. Raymond Wong, a psychiatrist, highlighted the influence of environmental factors, lifestyle habits, and physiological conditions on individuals’ sleep quality. Subjectively, feeling refreshed upon waking up can be an indicator of a good night’s sleep, while medically, the duration of sleep plays a crucial role. On average, adults require 6 to 8 hours of sleep, while the elderly may suffice with 5 hours.

When asked about the immediate onset of sleep, Dr. Wang expressed that while it may be considered favorable if an individual has had the ability to fall asleep quickly since childhood, sudden changes in sleep patterns during specific stages of life may indicate sleep disorders or sleep apnea.

The survey also uncovered that nearly 90% of respondents were willing to sacrifice sleep time for personal activities, opting to nap during the day or while commuting. However, napping on public transport often led to embarrassing situations and unintended consequences. For instance, 56% of participants admitted to missing their stops due to dozing off, while 41% admitted to unintentionally hitting their heads against the bus windows. Additionally, 39% confessed to drooling during their naps.

Nevertheless, 40% of respondents believed that public transport surpassed the comfort of their own beds, with 85% of participants endorsing buses as the optimal mode of transportation for napping. Impressively, 91% of respondents claimed to have dozed off on a bus at some point.

Dr. Raymond Wong cautioned against the tendency to fall asleep rapidly or easily outside of a designated sleeping environment, as it may indicate an underlying sleep problem. Healthy sleep is characterized by gradually entering a state of slumber, with the average time for falling asleep ranging from 10 to 15 minutes. Falling asleep within a few minutes may suggest compromised sleep quality and abnormal fatigue, serving as a warning sign of insufficient sleep. Dr. Wong further emphasised that the ability to nap easily in any location or fall asleep promptly can disrupt the body’s internal clock.

The survey also explored respondents’ attempts to modify their daily routines to improve sleep quality. Approximately 69% of individuals aimed to reduce the use of electronic devices and cut down on coffee consumption, while 33% sought to enhance their sleep environment and bedroom arrangements.