Well, no story goes without getting the pandemic into the picture. While most Hyderabadis are health conscious and go to bed early and rise early, here comes the news presenting a totally different picture. Apparently, the city is also home to the highest share of late-night social media browsers, according to a study.
Wakefit.co’s Great Indian Sleep Scorecard for 2022 reveals that the Hyderabad numbers present a not-so-happy picture of the sleep habits of people. On a happier note, Hyderabad has the most number of early risers, which is 15 percent as compared to other metro cities but is also home to the most number of people who browse social media late into the night. Alarmingly, it is a whopping 41 percent. But it does stop at numbers. Many Hyderabadis, rather 49 percent of respondents, said they felt sleepy during work hours due to this habit.
Not surprisingly, mobile phones were a priority for many, with 87 percent of the respondents confessing that they used the phone before bed. The number of those who fear they have insomnia has also increased by 32 percent since last year.
Meanwhile, the city saw an increase of 45 percent in the number of people going to bed before 10 pm as compared to last year. Despite using mobiles, 67 percent claim they wake up refreshed in the morning.
Easy access to social media, late-night work hours, and the pandemic have hit Hyderabadis hard, which resulted in a 16 percent increase in the number of respondents who stayed up till late browsing social media as compared to last year.
However, one cannot just blame social media; the study found that about 28 percent of people were sleep-deprived worrying about the pandemic. Then, there were that 40 percent who were required to stay up late due to work. IT professionals were found to suffer the most, though it must be noted that 53 percent of the respondents belonged to the IT sector.