Work culture these days has inspired endless quotes about the “grind,” emphasizing an individual’s necessity to be forever productive. This is commonly performed in the spirit of self-improvement and for the attainment of a successful life — or so they say.
Unfortunately, the cost of this “hustle culture” is hefty. About 1/3 of people around the world report feeling stressed, anxious, and/or angry as a result of overwork and fatigue. According to the Philips Global Sleep Survey, 62% of adults also say that they don’t get enough sleep.
To put it into perspective, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that adults should have between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. They assert that doing so will help you to actually increase productivity in a healthy manner; you’ll experience better mental and emotional health as well.
Sadly, many people around the world do not reach this minimum.
Sleep Cycle, an app that tracks just how much people actually sleep, conducted a survey across six continents to check which country gets the most rest.
The results? Not so shocking.
Amongst the most well-rested countries are developed nations like New Zealand, the United States, Finland, Canada, and Germany. All of these countries racked up an average of seven hours or more sleep every night.
Under the seven-hour minimum are developing countries like India, Colombia, and Mexico. The Philippines ranks below all of these countries at a little more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night.
But even lower than that are nations like South Korea and Japan, who are known for their very strict work lifestyle. South Korea is just under 6.5 hours a night while Japan clocks in at the lowest, getting a little more than 6 hours and 15 minutes of sleep a night.
These results are deplorable, but not exactly a surprise considering the work culture of the two countries.
For citizens in South Korea and Japan, work has become an inseparable part of life. Employees often take work home, work overtime (unpaid), and scramble to catch up on unfinished tasks.
This has led to a culture of literally working to death, and at the very least, not getting enough sleep. And it’s not just limited to these two countries. Employees around the world suffer from the same conditions, making it difficult to achieve a well-balanced routine of work and rest.
But it doesn’t always have to be this way.
Work and personal wellness can co-exist with the right boundaries and methods. For some, it can be clocking out and meaning it (that means no checking work chats after the clock-out time). Others simply schedule no-work days where they spend an afternoon pampering themselves. It can work however way you want it.
If you want to break the cycle and start taking care of your physical and emotional health, try looking up some tips on what you can do to improve your sleep schedule or find ways to limit your workload. It’s true that rest is essential to having a productive week and ultimately, a good life.
So don’t try and skip out on your down time. Your health is in your hands!