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On the occasion of World Sleep Day, Philips India Ltd, a leading health technology company, released findings from a global Philips survey which highlighted the need for better sleep for better health. The findings of the survey will provide directions to raise awareness and innovate interventions to ensure an important but oft-neglected aspect of health and wellbeing: sleep health. Philips global survey “Better Sleep, Better Health: A Global Look at Why We’re Still Falling Short on Sleep” While sleeping well is essential for good health, more than 100 million people suffer from sleep apnea globally. More than 80 percent of these people remain undiagnosed and 30 percent find it difficult to initiate and maintain sleep. The findings of Philips annual global survey conducted with over 15,000 adults across 13 countries (United States, the UK, Germany, Poland, France, India, China, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Japan) threw up some interesting findings: • Sleep isn’t a priority yet: While 67 percent of the respondents realised the need to sleep well, the guilt for not exercising regularly (49 percent) or not eating healthy (42 percent) overrode the guilt for not maintaining good sleep habits (29 percent). In India 66 percent feel exercise is the top factor impacting health and well-being more than sleep • Barriers to good sleep: 61 percent of the respondents reported medical issues impacting sleep. Of them, insomnia afflicted 26 percent and snoring kept awake 21 percent of the respondents. Worrying (58 percent) and technology distractions (26 percent) were the other major impediments to good sleep. In India, 19 percent of the adults reported overlapping of work hours with normal sleep time (shift work sleep disorder) as a key barrier to sleep. Another 32 percent of the adults from India reported technology as a major sleep distractor • Impact of bad sleep: After a bad night’s sleep, the impact on global adults included tiredness (46 percent), irritable behaviour (41 percent), lack of motivation (39 percent) and lack of concentration (39 percent) • Efforts to get good sleep: Globally 77 percent adults have tried to improve their sleep. Popular interventions include soothing music (36 percent) and institution of a set bedtime/wake-up schedule (32 percent) among others. Interestingly among Indian respondents, 45 percent adults have tried mediation while 24 percent adults have tried specialized bedding to initiate and maintain good sleep. • Millennials think differently about sleep: Millennials, adults in the age group of 18-24, think differently. They are less likely to have a set bedtime (38 percent as against 47 percent for those aged 25+) yet reported getting more sleep each night (ages 18-24 get an average of 7.2 hours, compared to 6.9 hours among those ages 25+). They are also more likely to feel guilty about not maintain good sleep habits (35 percent as against 26 percent for those aged 35+). They are also more likely to have taken steps to improve their sleep (86 percent as against 75 percent for those aged 25+)