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76% of young Chinese struggle with insomnia

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    13:51, March 20, 2017
76% of young Chinese struggle with insomnia

About 76 percent of young Chinese people experience difficulty falling asleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society (CSRS) ahead of World Sleep Day on March 21. Experts expressed concern over the sleep quality of the country's youth, saying that irregular daily routines may harm one's health.

A total of 60,000 people ranging in age from 10 to 45 were interviewed for the report. Of the 76 percent who admitted to difficulty falling asleep, 13 percent said they truly suffer from the situation. Only 24 percent said they enjoyed good sleep quality, while those who can generally sleep through the night accounted for only 11 percent. Among China's younger generations, 91 percent of respondents said they feel tired when they wake up in the morning, and only 5.6 percent reported feeling energetic.

In addition, the report suggested that work is generally prioritized over sleep. More than 60 percent of respondents said they would sacrifice sleep time for work. Only 5 percent of respondents could be classified as following regular schedules and routines.

Employees of CSRS believe that pressure, anxiety and depression are the major causes of poor sleep quality, but the use of electronic devices also plays a role. Ninety-three percent of respondents confessed to playing with their mobile phones, watching television or shopping online before going to sleep.


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