87% of children and teenagers from North East India don’t sleep at the right time: Study

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GUWAHATI, March 13: A recent study conducted by Godrej Interio revealed that children and teenagers are one of the most sleep deprived. The study shows that sleeping post 10 pm, which is clinically proven as the ideal time to go to sleep, triggers a change in the sleeping pattern that leads to sleep deprivation. This is irrespective of the number of hours of sleep.

The study is based on the insights sourced from Indians who have taken their sleep test on the sleep-o-meter hosted on the [email protected] website. Over 3.5 lakh Indians have taken the sleep test. Northeastern states are found to be one of the most sleep-deprived regions in India. The study revealed that the problem of not sleeping on time wasn’t only restricted to the adults but kids as well wherein only 66% of respondents below 18 years feel drowsy and tired after waking up which shows that sleep deprivation on a rampant rise among the next generation. Around 54% of the children respondents admitted that ‘screen time’, including television and phone, could be delaying their sleep time while 42% of the children respondents said they slept after midnight while the ideal time would be around 10 pm.

Commenting on the research findings Dr. Srikanta, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Apollo Hospitals said, “Children and their sleeping patterns and habits especially during school examinations are a constant source of worry for parents. One of the first steps parents must take to tackle anxiety and stress related to exams is to ensure that their kids are getting enough sleep. Getting adequate sleep is highly essential during examinations as it helps children to focus, retain, and recall information better. As per the [email protected] study by Godrej Interio mattress over 84% of children are sleep deprived. This is a serious concern for the nation. Owing to this, our country’s next generation is more prone to obesity, difficulty in reasoning, emotional imbalance and various other medical disorders.”

Commenting on the [email protected] sleep-o-meter findings, Anil Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, Interio Division, said “[email protected] is a concept that actually emerged from the product development stage of our healthcare range. As we delved deeper, we realised the concern was much larger than just selecting the right mattress. Over 91% of Indians are sleep deprived. Further insights gathered from our sleep-o-meter taken by over 3 lakh Indians, we were informed that our children too are sleep deprived. This demands for a more serious discussion as it threatens the future of our nation.”

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