Many workers in China lack regular sleep (Noel Celis/AFP)
A recent study prepared by the Chinese Center for Mental Health in the capital, Beijing, showed that half of the 1.4 billion citizens suffer from sleep disorders. And she reported, “While most people spend about a third of their day sleeping, others feel like they spend the same amount of time trying to sleep.”
The average Chinese sleep decreased by 1.5 hours, to 7 hours per day in 2021, from 8.5 hours in 2012. Among the more than 8,000 respondents aged 18 to 70, 35% of them reported getting the recommended amount of Son’s sleep, which is 8 hours.
Other studies have shown that women who sleep less than five hours a day have a 36% risk of colon cancer and men who sleep less than six hours have a 110% risk of lung cancer.
It is not surprising that people in younger age groups, including students, new mothers and members of the working class, suffer more from lack of sleep, at a time when the results of the studies raise questions about the causes of insomnia among the Chinese, and its impact on the behavior of the community.
Experts attribute the causes to many factors, including: work pressure, pollution, noise and constant use of digital devices, noting that cases of insomnia have prompted the younger generation to seek treatment for their health problems, which has increased the demand for products that help the sleep process and achieve the so-called “sleep economy”. The size of the sleeping products market in China grew to reach $65 billion in 2021 from $41 billion in 2016, while it is expected to exceed one trillion yuan ($156 billion) by 2030.
Lu Shaing, a woman in her third decade, works at an advertising agency in eastern Nanjing, and tells Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that she has suffered from insomnia for three years due to long working hours and irregular work periods, and therefore fears for her life the repercussions on her health, as she stays up late and lacks sleep.
She explains that she consulted several doctors to find a solution to her problem and that she took medication in the hope that they would help her improve her health, but she saw no progress. She points out that “most of the employees in my workplace suffer from health problems related to insomnia, which raises their concerns given their knowledge of the seriousness of this matter and its impact on public health”.
Gu Chen, an employee of a food delivery company, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: “Due to my work, I cannot sleep at regular intervals. I have to stay alert to fully perform my duties, but I had a health crisis last year, and the doctor said it was related to insomnia and lack of sleep.” What made me not knowing what to do because I can’t change jobs and I don’t get enough sleep Friends have advised me to take medicine but I don’t want to because I don’t think there are alternatives or drugs that can compensate the body for its need for sleep.”
Laura Chang, a specialist in psychological rehabilitation, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: “There is no doubt that sleep is a physiological and vital process necessary to help the body restore energy and relieve fatigue. Human health, body recovery and integration, and memory consolidation, but the evolution of new style and lifestyle associated with listening to cell phones, browsing the Internet and working or studying for long hours, resulted in a decrease in these factors.
She recommends that the number of hours of sleep per day should not be less than eight hours, and she states: “Sleeping less than six hours at night for a week will change more than 700 genes in the body, and the lack of sleep at long term can increase the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, depression, diabetes and obesity.
Products that help sleep and overcome insomnia have become the most sought-after health products in China, as sales of those designed to improve sleep quality and alleviate the damage caused by insomnia have soared over the past few years. last two years.
According to the China Federation of Medical Purchasing and Logistics, purchases of anti-snoring devices in 2022 saw a 70% increase over 2021. Demand for melatonin, a dietary supplement often used to treat insomnia, increased by 40% over the same period. , which shows the volume of insomnia suffered by the Chinese, and the risks that this can cause in the long term.
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