In Gurugram, a whopping 42% of people complained about work keeping them up late at night – as compared to 17% last year. The 2021 nation-wide study sheds light on the interconnectedness between sleep and work-life balance during the pandemic and discovers an increased awareness towards sleep health.
Wakefit.co, India’s largest D2C sleep and home solutions provider, recently released the fourth edition of its annual study, the Great Indian Sleep Scorecard (GISS) 2021. According to the report, the fear of insomnia increased from 19% last year to 24% this year, with Delhi NCR topping the list of cities where residents are most worried about sleeplessness. Over 50% of Delhiites reported being anxious about suffering from insomnia.
As the largest sleep study with more than one lakh responses over four years and 16000+ responses this year, the GISS study offers valuable insights into the shifts in sleep patterns of people across the country. The 2021 report reveals that 42% of Gurugram residents complained about work keeping them up late at night. Last year, the corresponding number was 17%.
With remote working becoming the norm, 43% of GISS 2021 respondents from Delhi NCR said that they worked night shifts this year, as opposed to 12% last year. There was also a significant jump in Delhiites staying up to work on their beds, up from 18% last year to 47% this year. It comes as no surprise then that people who used their phones just before sleeping was as high as 94% in Delhi NCR despite greater awareness about the perils of using electronic devices before bedtime. The blurring boundaries between work and home has resulted in 81% of Delhiites feeling sleepy during work hours 1-3 times a week.
Commenting on the findings of The Great Indian Sleep Scorecard 2021, Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, Co-founder and Director, Wakefit.co, said, “This year, while all of India has been working from home and adapting to a very different lifestyle altogether, we noticed a rather sizable increase in the number of Delhiites working night shifts, recording increases in screen time, sleeping late at night due to work, and also having the fear of insomnia. Our sleep study was curated to help India pay more attention to sleep and we are constantly working towards educating our country about the same. The need of the hour is for Delhi NCR, as a community, to pioneer cultural shifts that can help the city prioritize sleep health as part of their daily routine.
Incidentally, the GISS 2021 study reveals that an increasing number of people are now paying attention to the quality of sleep and the importance of investing in a good mattress. Nearly 59% of respondents from Delhi NCR, across age groups, believed that a better mattress is the key to better sleep. Last year, the corresponding number was 38%.
The Great Indian Sleep Scorecard is an ongoing survey and the 2021 edition received 16000+ responses, recorded from March 2020 to February 2021. It covers respondents in all Indian cities, across age groups, starting from 18 years. The survey has collected over one lakh responses to date for the last four years.