People sleep least in early 30s to early 50s – Zoo House News

People sleep least in early 30s to early 50s – Zoo House News

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  • January 1, 2023
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People sleep less in mid-adult than in early and late adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers from UCL, the University of East Anglia and the University of Lyon.

According to the results, published in Nature Communications, sleep duration decreases in early adulthood until age 33, then increases again by age 53.

The study, which involved 730,187 participants from 63 countries, showed how sleep patterns change throughout life and how they vary from country to country.

Study participants played the mobile game Sea Hero Quest, a citizen science project for neuroscience research developed by Deutsche Telekom in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, UCL, UEA and game developers Glitchers. Designed to support Alzheimer’s research by highlighting differences in spatial navigation skills, over four million people have played Sea Hero Quest and contributed to numerous studies throughout the project.

In addition to completing tasks to test navigation skills, everyone playing the game will be asked to answer questions about demographics, as well as other questions that may be useful for neuroscientific research, such as sleep patterns.

The researchers, led by Professor Hugo Spiers (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Dr. Antoine Coutrot (CNRS, University of Lyon) found that across the study sample, people sleep an average of 7.01 hours per night, with women sleeping 7.5 minutes longer than men on average. They found that the youngest participants in the sample (minimum age 19) slept the most, and sleep duration decreased in people’s 20s and early 30s before plateauing and increasing again in their early 50s. The pattern, including newly identified key time points at age 33 when sleep plateaus declined and at age 53 when sleep began to increase again, was the same for men and women across countries and levels of education.

The researchers say the lack of sleep in midlife could be due to the demands of childcare and working life.

Professor Spiers said: “Previous studies have found links between age and sleep duration, but ours is the first major study to identify these three distinct phases in the life course. We found that people around the world sleep less in mid-adulthood, but average sleep duration varies between regions and countries.”

People sleep the most in Eastern European countries like Albania, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic, which report 20 to 40 minutes of extra sleep per night, and the least in Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. People in the UK reported sleeping a little less than average. Countries closer to the equator tend to sleep a little less.

The researchers found that navigational ability was unaffected by sleep duration for most of the sample, except for older adults (aged 54 to 70), whose optimal sleep duration was seven hours, although they warn that the results older adults could be affected by underlying sleep duration health conditions.

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