Key Words: sleep; health; Chinese people
>> Chinese sleep long, but not well: report
A large percentage of the population in China has problems getting a good night's sleep, but people are not paying enough attention to the issue, according to the 2013 China Sleep Quality Index released by the Chinese Medical Doctors Association in Beijing on March 19.
The report, released to mark the World Sleep Day on March 21, was based on a survey sponsored by Sleemon Furniture Co, a Chinese bedroom furniture company, and conducted by Horizon China, a leading survey and research company in China.
With household interviews in 20 cities, 20 counties and 20 rural areas across China, the survey was conducted in the last two months in 2012, and polled more than 107,000 people.
According to the report, on average, Chinese people sleep for eight hours and 50 minutes every day — much more than the seven to eight hours' sleep recommended by medical experts, but about 50 percent of the people feel groggy and weak when they get up.
Generally, more than 70 percent of people have problems getting sound sleep, due to insomnia, sleep apnea (a frequent closing of throat while sleeping), physical discomfort, among other issues.
Additionally, falling asleep is not easy for many people.
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