The doctors said use of gadgets, blue light emitting mobile phones, PC games and working in shift duties are contributing in reducing the sleep hours. Eventually, this is resulting in harmful effects like poor academic performance, poor mental health, reduced testosterone level in India

Sleep deprivation has become the major concern of ultra-modern life. In this world of today, every one struggles to have a good sleep as the daily affairs do not permit so. The sleep duration should be ideally 8 hours per day in adults. But it has gone down drastically across the world. Talking about India, it is in the bottom part of the list with average 6.55 hours of daily sleep duration.

Doctors said this while having a comprehensive discussion on different sleep disorders during the two-day international conference. The conference has been organized by South East Asian Academy of sleep medicine  (SEAASM) and Getwell Hospital, this is the 5th such conference being organized in India and first in Nagpur.

The doctors said use of gadgets, blue light emitting mobile phones, PC games and working in shift duties are contributing in reducing the sleep hours. Eventually, this is resulting in harmful effects like poor academic performance, poor mental health, reduced testosterone level in India.


Dr Milind Sovani, who works as a respiratory physician at Nottingham University Hospitals, shared international data about sleep duration. “Average sleep duration which was 9 hours a day in 1910 went down to 7.5 hours in 1975 and 6.8 hours a day in 2005,” he said.

“India is second last in the world when it comes to lowest sleep duration after Japan. Indians sleep for 6.55 hours a day as compared to people in UK (7.16 hours), Australia (7.15 hours), and New Zealand (7.25 hours). Even in the US where people are very gadget-friendly, sleep duration is 6.99 hours a day,” he said.

According to him, the hours of screen use are inversely proportional with sleep duration. He suggested people to reduce screen use and get sound sleep to stay awake and active.

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