Why we tend to sleep in bed
Are we just being lazy?
A new study suggests that we do, at least, spend more time in bed than our Western counterparts, who tend to wake up earlier.
A study from the University of Cambridge and the University at Buffalo looked at people’s habits of sleep and wakefulness, and found that Westerners spend more of their waking hours in bed.
While Westerners tend to be much more alert than their counterparts, they tend to spend more than twice as much time in the bedroom.
The study found that people who spent at least four hours a night in bed were more likely to sleep on average six hours longer than people who stayed awake for fewer than four hours.
That’s a huge difference, but the researchers caution that there’s more to the story than just sleeping longer.
They also found that sleep was negatively associated with health in Western countries, and that Western people tend to have worse sleep hygiene than other parts of the world.
They concluded that Western countries are not only sleeping longer but also getting less sleep.
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