Japanese sleep more for first time since 1970s, survey shows

Japanese sleep less than the inhabitants of every other developed nation, and some analyses suggest this trait hurts productivity.

However, a recent survey shows Japanese are snoozing more on weeknights for the first time since 1976, when the government began keeping track.

In 2021 everyone in Japan 10 and older slept for an average of 462 minutes (seven hours and 42 minutes) per weekday. This is an increase of 13 minutes compared to the 2016 survey.

The survey is conducted every five years.

One caveat: Before 1996, the survey only tracked those 15 and older, but even this group registered more sleep in the latest survey. ...continue reading

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