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Half of Japanese Workers Get Less than 6 Hours' Sleep

A recent government report has found that more than 45% of Japanese workers are sleeping less than six hours per night. This is significantly lower than the recommended amount of sleep for adults, which is seven to nine hours per night. The report also found that 10% of Japanese workers are sleeping less than five hours per night.

The lack of sleep is having a negative impact on the health and productivity of Japanese workers. Studies have shown that insufficient sleep can lead to a number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It can also lead to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and workplace accidents.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the lack of sleep among Japanese workers. One factor is the long working hours that are common in Japan. Many Japanese workers work more than 50 hours per week, and some work even more. This leaves them with little time for sleep and other activities.

Another factor is the pressure to conform to Japanese work culture. In Japan, it is often seen as disrespectful to leave work early, even if you have finished your work. This can make it difficult for workers to get enough sleep.

The Japanese government is taking steps to address the problem of sleep deprivation. In 2020, the government passed a law that limits overtime to 45 hours per month. The government is also working to raise awareness of the importance of sleep.


  • What are some of the specific health problems that can be caused by insufficient sleep?

  • What are some of the ways that Japanese companies can help their employees get more sleep?

  • What are some of the things that individuals can do to improve their sleep habits?


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