Mumbai: 88% Of City Uses Phones Just Before Bedtime, Reveals Report


Touted as the city that never sleeps, Mumbai saw a 25 per cent increase in the number of people who think they have insomnia since last year. To add to the woes, 40 per cent of people also feel that their sleep has reduced post-pandemic, revealed a report by Wakefit. co, in the 5th edition of its Great Indian Sleep Scorecard (GISS) 2022.

Digital devices have become the night companions of the people in Mumbai, as 88 per cent admitted to using phones just before bedtime. Experts believe that the blue light emitted by cell phone screens restrains the production of melatonin, therefore hampering the quality of sleep. However, Mumbaikars seem to be aware of the factors that would improve their sleep quality, with 35 per cent of them believing avoiding digital devices will help, while another 34 per cent of them claiming that a consistent sleep routine will aid in a good night’s sleep.

The quality of sleep in Mumbai seems to have suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in screen time. However, Mumbaikars’ bed timings have been the usual between 11 pm to 12 am. 40 per cent of the city went to bed at night within this time frame. Over 50 per cent of Mumbai woke up in the mornings between 7 am and 9 am. While phones were keeping Mumbai nocturnals busy, social media was responsible for keeping 40% of them up, late at night. Despite this, 62 per cent of Mumbai’s population woke up refreshed in the mornings.  

The city stands second in terms of affinity towards sleep spaces. A massive 70 per cent of Mumbai claimed that they made their beds as soon as they woke up. 23 per cent of Mumbaikars said that they fall asleep in places other than their beds, indicating that a majority of the city prefers sleeping only in their dedicated bed spaces. The awareness of a relaxed environment seems to have increased as 39 per cent of the population acknowledged that their bedroom environment has been impacting their sleep. 

On the other hand, Mumbai witnessed a 57 per cent increase since last year in the number of people staying up late due to work. There was also a 47 per cent increase in the number of people feeling sleepy during work hours, since last year.

The Great Indian Sleep Scorecard is an ongoing survey recording sleep patterns, and the edition for 2022 received over 30,000 responses, taken between March 2021 and February 2022. The study covers respondents across the age spectrum and multiple demographic groups.

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