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All work makes Chinese insomniacs!

A good night's sleep is increasingly hard to come by in China as stressful jobs, a competitive environment and distractions such as the Internet lead to rising rates of insomnia, a report said Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 16:41 IST

A good night's sleep is increasingly hard to come by in China as stressful jobs, a competitive environment and distractions such as the Internet lead to rising rates of insomnia, a report said Tuesday.

The state-run China Daily said polls in Beijing and Shanghai last year found people were sleeping less compared with 2002, when a survey found about 45 per cent of Chinese reported suffering from insomnia.

In Beijing, residents sleep 25 minutes less on average than they did two decades ago, according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted in November by the Beijing Municipal Statistics Bureau, the paper said.

Survey results in China say:

Irregular lifestyles in cities have contributed to a spread in sleep loss and sleep disorders

Rural residents were less prone to sleep loss as they tended to go to bed early due to few entertainment options or a desire to save electricity costs

Many white collar workers or business managers stay up late for work in an increasingly competitive job market or simply cannot fall asleep due to work stress

Others get caught up in the booming nightlife - partying at karaoke bars or playing mah-jong, a popular Chinese table game, late into the night.

Sleep deprivation is also common among China's primary and middle schoolstudents

The more educated people are, the fewer hours they spend in bed, it showed.

A similar survey in Shanghai found only 17 per cent managed seven to eight hours of sleep a day, and 67 per cent slept only five to six hours.

The survey conducted by the Shanghai Workers' Health Club of 20,000 people also showed that more than 70 per cent of the city's office workers had difficulty falling asleep and nearly a quarter depended on sleeping pills.

Rural residents were less prone to sleep loss as they tended to go to bed early due to few entertainment options or a desire to save electricity costs.

Irregular lifestyles in cities have contributed to a spread in sleep loss and sleep disorders, said Liu Yanjiao, director of the Chinese Sleep Research Society.

"The incidence of sleep disorder has been rising, but people are not paying enough attention to it," Liu said.

Many white collar workers or business managers stay up late for work in an increasingly competitive job market or simply cannot fall asleep due to work stress, according to the report.

Others get caught up in the booming nightlife- partying at karaoke bars or playing mah-jong, a popular Chinese table game, late into the night.

Sleep deprivation is also common among China's primary and middle school students, who are under intense pressure to score well on tests to eventually get into college, the China Daily and previous reports have said.

Among 6,000 teenagers surveyed last year, 34.4 per cent complained they did not get enough sleep, while 32.7 per cent said they "severely lacked" the necessary rest, the China Youth Daily reported in May.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 16:21 IST