A new study has found that people still get up at 4am to watch a movie or read a newspaper in Australia.
The research, from the University of Sydney, looked at a sample of more than 12,000 people from a broad range of age groups.
It found that even though most people have access to a TV, a computer or tablet, more than half of Australians aged between 18 and 34 still get their sleep at home.
The study, which looked at adults aged 18 and over, found that nearly 80 per cent of people slept at home last night, compared with only about 40 per cent in 2016.
Dr Tim Leach, from UNSW’s School of Psychology, said it was important for people to be aware of the importance of sleeping and the benefits of staying in bed.
“It’s a good idea to have a bed in bed, but it’s not the only way you can stay awake,” he said.
“Sleep deprivation can be linked to anxiety and depression, but also can be a marker of health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and dementia.”
He said it wasn’t clear why people got up earlier in the morning, but some research suggested the need for sleep was linked to health benefits.
“The sleep that we get is actually crucial,” Dr Leach said.
“When we don’t get enough sleep we can have some really serious health problems.”
You know, we get really tired and we’re at risk of becoming unwell.
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