Sleep Habits Around the World

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Each country has its own unique culture. So it is no surprise that this even extends to sleep.

Guatemala

  • Sometimes excessive worry keeps you awake at night. Therefore, worry dolls were born. These dolls are incredibly small and can be placed under a pillow. One doll for each worry. They are then placed under a pillow, so that the sleeper can relieve themselves of their worries.

Japan

  • Japan is named one of the top countries that sleeps the least. They average about 6 hours and 22 minutes a night. It is no surprise, then, that napping is a custom adopted by the Japanese. However, these naps are usually done in public; on a train, standing up, at a desk, or even in meetings. These naps are called “inemuri” or “to be asleep while present.” The idea is that a person is so fatigued from over working that they can’t help but nap.

Argentina

  • The kids usually go to bed around 10pm. This is considered late to many Americans, but in Argentina, children are encouraged to stay awake to partake in evening activities. Very often, dinner is served at 9pm. Don’t worry, many Argentine kids sleep in late too.

Afghanistan

  • Families have a multipurpose bedroom. Often, families will sleep together in the same room, and then in the morning, bed mats are rolled up to create a living room for sharing a meal.

Italy

  • Although, siesta is a Spanish word, Italians are known to also take siestas. Around midday they will close shop, go home, eat lunch, and nap. This proves beneficial because the body naturally gets tired around midday.

Bostwana and Zaire

  • They sleep when they’re tired. In hunter gatherer tribes like the !Kung of ­Botswana and the Efe of Zaire, they have no set sleep schedule. They sleep during the day, at night, really whenever they are tired. Sleep medicine scientists are saying that only sleeping when tired can actual prove beneficial in getting better sleep.

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