Returning to the office can disrupt sleep patterns, affecting health and productivity, most workers argue, according to a recent study.
The study commissioned by ResMed claims that about 55 adults in India struggle to sleep at least three nights a week. Research adds that 65 percent of people in India fear that reopening work from the office will disrupt their sleep more.
The study, called ResMed Asia and Latin America Sleep Health, looked at overall sleep habits and their impact on the well-being of respondents across the region. The online survey, conducted by Atomik Research in India (5004), Brazil, China, Japan, Korea and Mexico, found that the majority of those surveyed, about 17,040 respondents, suffered from insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality, with only 21 percent of the total respondents who wake up refreshed in the morning.
According to the survey, 81 percent of people in India agreed that poor sleep habits can affect quality of life and said getting enough sleep was important to keep their immunity strong; 53 percent tried to get more sleep to address this. Those who had trouble sleeping also cited mood swings (24 percent) and difficulty concentrating during the day (21 percent) as challenges.
“We embarked on this study to explore the importance of a good night’s sleep and its impact on a person’s well-being,” said Carlos Montiel, Vice President, Latin America and South Asia, ResMed. “The findings show us that people have trouble sleeping at night and want to understand their sleep habits and sleep quality.”
Of the total respondents, 72 percent of respondents said that insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality had worsened their emotional state. According to the survey, people in India are willing to take action to improve their sleep health to prevent it further affecting their quality of life. A whopping 81 percent say poor sleep habits can affect their quality of life.
Lack of awareness of sleep disorder
Only 34 percent of respondents were aware that snoring was a sign of poor sleep, leading to 51 percent of respondents using sleep trackers to track sleep patterns and 35 percent showing an interest in tracking their health during sleep .
The survey emphasized the need for sleep health awareness and emphasized that, in addition, 59 percent believe that snoring is a sign of a good night’s sleep. sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). “The three main symptoms mentioned by both men and women in relation to their sleep are mood swings such as irritability or depression, morning headaches and excessive daytime sleepiness. But of all those surveyed, 32 percent said they had never heard of OSA,” the survey added. Worryingly, only 21 percent of those surveyed have sought help from a GP or health care specialist.
The research reports claim that more than 80 percent of adults worldwide with sleep apnea are undiagnosed and unaware that they have sleep apnea. Common signs and symptoms such as being overweight, high blood pressure, and diabetes can also alert you to OSA.
“Our goal at ResMed is to help people sleep, breathe and live healthier lives through better access to treatments and innovative solutions,” said Carlos Montiel, Vice President, Latin America and South Asia, ResMed.
He added: “The insights from this study underscore the factors that influence sleep and emphasize the need for increased awareness around sleep disorders so that people struggling with insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality can receive a diagnosis and appropriate treatment if needed.” By enabling better care, we can improve sleep habits and reduce the impact of chronic disease.”
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