Q: At what time does the average (employed) Japanese person wake up?
The answer comes after the jump.
A: 6:43AM, according to Ministry of Home Affairs and Communications statistics. 64% of Japanese people wake up before 7, and two thirds are asleep before midnight, with the average person heading off to bed at 11:22PM.
Aomori prefecture wakes up the earliest (6:15). Tokyo on average wakes up after 7 and around half go to sleep after midnight, with one eighth of Tokyoites hitting the sack at 2AM or later.
I was initially concerned, if not surprised, to learn that your average Japanese person isn’t getting his or her required 8 hours of sleep every night. But then I realized that that’s pretty much the same sleep pattern that I have: wake up at 6:30, sleep at 11:30. And anyway, it turns out that the whole “people need 8 hours of sleep per night” theory is a big myth concocted by drug companies to get us to take sleeping pills! It’s nice to see that Japan has generally healthy sleep patterns, but perhaps it’s just a matter of time before some sort of “beauty sleep” fad sweeps the nation’s women…
(Source: Toyo Keizai Plus)