Almost two in three Japanese dissatisfied with their sleep


How satisfied are you with your sleep? graph of japanese statistics

IDC Otsuka furniture chain recently released the results of a survey they conducted last year into sleep, in apparently an effort to sell some mattresses, given that the second half of the press release was an advertisement for some mattresses.

I’m totally dissatisfied with my sleep; the sleep itself is sound enough, but far too short. If you count sleeping on the train, and on the sofa at home, I think I just manage five hours…

In Japan chronic sleep deprivation starts from an early age:

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Most smartphone owners take their handset to bed every night

How long on average do you sleep on weekdays? graph of japanese statisticsA survey by goo Research into mobile phones in bed revealed some rather interesting habits about what goes on between the sheets.


Between the 11th and 25th of March 2011 1,818 businesspeople who were members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 912 of the sample were male, 447 were in their twenties, 440 in their thirties, 453 in their forties, and 468 in their fifties. Furthermore, 1584 owned ordinary mobile phones, 107 had Android-based ones, 108 iPhones, and 19 other smartphones.

I am in the up to five hours category, although it’s been more “up to” than “five hours” recently as my wife has got addicted to a Japanese version of Farmville. I never use my mobile in bed, however, as I’m far too tired, and anyway I’ve had my fill of the internet via my desktop before bedtime.
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One in three Japanese sleep with their mobiles

Do you usually recharge your mobile phone while you sleep? graph of japanese statisticsThis rather fun survey from goo Research, reported on by, looked at mobile phones, with the focus of the article being phones and bedtime.


Over the 18th and 19th of December 2008 1,082 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 16.2% in their teens, 18.3% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 16.0% in their fifties, and 12.1% aged sixty or older.

Remember that a previous survey has shown that over two in five use their mobiles as alarm clocks, so that will affect where people put their mobile phones.

My phone sits on a desk in another room, but my wife’s on a desk out of reach in the bedroom as she does use it as an alarm clock.
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