Average Sleep Duration

Map by Reddit user trinitronbxb

The world map above highlights the average bedtime of each country.

Seven countries belong to the highest sleep time average of 7 hours and 30 minutes or above. These countries are:

  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Finland
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

In this normal sleep cycle graph, it is revealed that New Zealand is the country with the highest average sleep schedule, at around 7 hours and 40 minutes.

These 16 countries wake up after about a mean of at least 7 hours, 15 minutes:

  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Sweden
  • Iceland
  • United States
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Luxembourg

Among all the countries listed, the small European nation of Luxembourg has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita (person), at more than US$100,000.

The average wake up time after at least 7 hours of sleep is recorded in these 11 nations:

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Costa Rica
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Ukraine
  • Spain

The people of these 15 countries rise up after around 6 hours and 45 minutes of sleep or more: 

  • Peru
  • India
  • Colombia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Turkey
  • Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • Singapore
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Argentina
  • Chile

India has the least GDP among all the highlighted countries, with just over US$2,000 of GDP per person. Vietnam comes at a close second – the country records a GDP per capita of about US$2,500.

Three countries are up and awake after about 6 hours and 30 minutes of sleep:

  • Philippines
  • Egypt
  • Malaysia

Finally, the lowest recorded average snooze time range is 6 hours and 15 minutes, which point to three nations:

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
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Out of all the countries that recorded their sleep patterns, Japan is the nation that has the lowest average sleep time. Reddit user u/SeaGoat24 believes it is so because of the country’s “ludicrous workaholic culture”, as a worker there is “rewarded for the time you spend working rather than the work you actually accomplish.

Europe is the most represented continent on the map, with 26 countries reporting their average sleep numbers.

Citing data from The Rand Corporation, Reddit user u/Joniff notes that due to the lack of sleep by its citizens, the United States “loses the equivalent of around 1.2 million working days per year.” Japan, meanwhile, loses 600,000 equivalent days, and 200,000 days each are lost for Germany and the United Kingdom due to reduced sleep time.

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