90% MALAYSIANS SUFFER FROM
Insomnia is one of the many sleep disorders triggered by modern hectic lifestyles and excessive dependence on mobile devices. In conjunction with World Sleep Day, AmLife and the Nielsen Malaysia joined hands to launch the 1st nationwide sleep survey in the country, unveiling Malaysians’ sleep health, habits and issues. The survey discovered that Malaysians sleep on an average 6.3 hours per night. How many hours of sleep is considered healthy? According to sleep expert from Italy, Dr. Laura Palagini, it is not the number of hours that matter, but the quality of sleep. In general, adults require 7 hours’ of sleep every night, while infants need more than 12 hours’ a day
THE MAIN ISSUES RELATED TO SLEEP FACING MALAYSIANS
SLEEP ISSUES FACED BY MALAYSIANS
Headache, lethargy, lack of concentration, sore neck and shoulder, short temper are among the symptoms faced by Malaysians who do not sleep well. Actually, long-term sleep disorders not only show in dark eye circles, eye bags, saggy skin and skin problems, it could also harm our health and take a toll on our immune system, causing depression, forgetfulness, high blood pressure, diabetes, arrhythmia and obesity.
The survey also showed that only 5 out of 10 Malaysians fall asleep naturally, with 35% requiring some form of aid or activity to help them sleep including watching TV, playing with mobile devices or listening to the radio. Stress (52%) is the major reason they could not sleep well or experienced insomnia. 6 out of 10 of them shared that unhealthy lifestyles, namely sleeping late, spending too much time on the mobile phone or online, as the main cause of difficulty in falling asleep and having sleep interruptions.
33% do not think that they have
sleep disorders, although they always
face sleep issues
It is alarming that amongst those facing sleep disorders, 76% of them are unaware of the situation (43%), or do not think that they have sleep disorders (33%) although they always face sleep issues including waking up in the middle of the night, feeling tired in the morning, yawning during daytime, snoring and difficulty falling asleep.
NOT KNOWING HOW TO SOLVE SLEEP DISORDERS
The survey found that although Malaysians know that it is important to solve sleep disorders, 40% of them did not know how to do so, while 43% sought natural remedies to achieve better sleep quality.
For three consecutive years, AmLife has been working with the World Sleep Society to bring about education and natural solutions to communities to help them achieve better sleep quality. This year, AmLife brought the World Sleep Day showcase to four countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan – as part of its mission to introduce “Sleep Towards Better Health” to the world.