Mon, 07 Mar 2005


RI take top spot for early risers

Indonesians take the top spot for early risers in the Asia- Pacific region, while Taiwanese are the last out of bed, a study on sleep habits showed on Sunday.

Nine in 10 of the Indonesians polled are out of bed by 7 a.m. More than 25 percent of the Taiwanese do not emerge from the sack until after 9 a.m.

The survey was conducted by ACNielsen of people ranging in age from 16 to over 60 in 28 countries across the Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. The findings were published in The Sunday Times.

The earliest to bed and longest sleepers are the Australians and New Zealanders. Twenty-four percent of Australians are in bed by 10 p.m., followed by 19 percent of New Zealanders.

Thirty-one percent of Aussies and 28 per cent of Kiwis clock over nine hours of sleep daily.

The Japanese are the opposite, with four out of 10 getting six hours of sleep or less.

Globally, people in their 20s tend to be owls, staying up past midnight. In the Asia-Pacific region those in their 30s are more likely to burn the midnight oil, the study said.

Dr. Yeo Poh Teck, consultant neurologist at the Sleep Disorder Center at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, said the recommended eight hours of sleep is not a medical requirement.

"Listen to your body," he told the newspaper. "If you feel refreshed when you wake up, and can function well throughout the day, then you have enough sleep. Otherwise, you need more time in bed."

The average person needs seven to eight hours of sleep, he said, but it can range from five to 10 hours.

Singapore turned out to be a nation of owls. The study found one in two stay up past midnight, with half of them hitting the sack between midnight and 1 a.m. The other half turned in after 1 a.m.

"The competitive Singaporean society is adapting to a longer waking day as working adults juggle their time between work and family," Vicky Santos, executive director for ACNielsen Research Singapore, was quoted as saying. -- DPA