Indians are the least active and second most sleep deprived as per Fitbit data

Sleep Alarm Clock

Indians are the second most sleep deprived with an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 1 minute after Japanese who get an average sleep of 6 hours 47 minutes, according to Fitbit sleep data insights from across 18 countries. The company, which has collected more than 10.5 billion nights of sleep data over the years to innovate in this critical area of health shared focused insights gained on Indian users.

Sleep Insights

Based on aggregated and anonymized user data analysis from 18 countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) between August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019, Fitbit shared that Indian users:

  • Get the least amount of nightly sleep on average (after Japan) at 7 hours 1 minute which is 48 minutes lesser than the average nightly sleep of users in the UK and 32 minutes lesser than average nightly sleep of Americans.
  • Get 77 minutes of REM sleep on average which is the lowest in the world just like Japanese who get the same amount of REM sleep on an average. Rapid Eye Movement sleep is a crucial aspect for emotion regulation, memory, and the peak stage of protein synthesis at the cellular level, which ensures that multiple processes in the body work properly.
  • Spend 57 minutes awake on an average each night they sleep, representing close to 13.5% of their nightly sleep.
  • The age-group 75-90 get the lowest sleep (6 hours 35 minutes on average) compared to other age groups, whereas users in the age group of 18-25 go to bed more than an hour later (12:33 AM) than users in 75-90 age group (11:22 PM)

 Step Count Insights

  • Indians are the least active and log in only 6533 steps daily, the least amongst all 18 countries which is 3600 steps lesser than the average of the most active country – Hong Kong. Average active minutes (32) also fare the lowest in the grid.

Age-wise breakup of average nightly sleep of Indians is as follows:

Age Average Sleep Duration Average Time to Bed Average Wake-up Time
18 – 25 7 hours 20 minutes 12:33 AM 7:53 AM
25 – 35 7 hours 12 minutes 12:26 AM 7:38 AM
35 – 55 6 hours 58 minute 11:53 PM 6:51 AM
55 – 75 6 hours 44 minutes 11:29 PM 6:13 AM
75 – 90 6 hours 35 minutes 11:22 PM 5:58 AM

Sleep Duration Rankings (Based on aggregated and anonymous Fitbit data from August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019)

No. Country Sleep Duration (Hours)
1.         Japan 6 Hours 47 Minutes
2.        India 7 Hours 1 Minute
3.        Singapore 7 Hours 5 Minutes
4. Peru 7 Hours 12 Minutes
5. Hong Kong 7 Hours 14 Minutes
6. Mexico 7 Hours 21 Minutes
7. Argentina 7 Hours 26 Minutes
8. Italy 7 Hours 28 Minutes
9. Spain 7 Hours 31 Minutes
10. United States & Chile 7 Hours 33 Minutes
11. Germany 7 Hours 43 Minutes
12. Canada 7 Hours 44 Minutes
13. United Kingdom 7 Hours 49 Minutes
14. France 7 Hours 50 Minutes
15. Australia 7 Hours 53 Minutes
16. New Zealand 7 Hours 56 Minutes
17. Ireland 7 Hours 57 Minutes

As a pioneer in sleep monitoring, Fitbit has applied insights collected from a year’s worth of aggregated sleep data to introduce brand new features (using machine learning and improved sensor technology) in Fitbit Versa 2™,  thereby expanding the family of its best-selling smartwatch, Fitbit Versa™.  A smartwatch designed for all, Fitbit Versa 2 is for consumers who enjoy maintaining their health and want a wearable to help them work toward a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It has all the core health and fitness features ranging from activity tracking to advanced sleep insights such as sleep score, smart wake, etc. in order to help the consumers achieve their fitness and sleep goals.

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