Australia gets surprising results after topping the list in sleep study

Gone are the days when Australians stayed up late and partied all night.

These days we’d rather hop into bed and pull the covers up tight, according to a new study which found that Aussies are the world’s earliest population to call it a night.

The study found the average Aussie goes to bed at around 10:45pm – an hour earlier than Spaniards who are notoriously late-night owls.


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We are also among the earliest to rise with most of us getting up at around 6:45am to start the day.

While we are getting to bed early it doesn’t mean we’re getting the most sleep, with the Dutch claiming that title with just over eight hours of sleep every night.

Folks living in Japan and Singapore seem to be getting the raw end of the deal, with only seven hours and 24 minutes sleep a night on average.

If you’re looking for a sleep in head to the United Arab Emirates where most people stay in bed until 7:45am – oh the luxury!

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The study’s authors say their findings prove that local culture and the society we live in have more of an influence over us than our body clocks.

“We found a strong wake-time effect from users’ biological clocks – not just their alarm clocks,” University of Michigan professor, and co-author of the study, Daniel Forger said.

“These findings help to quantify the tug-of-war between solar and social timekeeping.”

What time do you go to sleep and wake up? How many hours sleep do you need to function properly the next day?