Singapore is a nation that is well known for their competitive drive and the aspiration to always be number one. Well recently, they became number one in something quite unexpected. Singapore has been revealed to be the most fatigued country in the world.

According to new research by UK based bed manufacturer, Sleepseeker, Singapore has come out ahead in the overall fatigue score at 7.2 out of 10, with Mexico and Brazil in second and third place at 7.01 and 6.28 points, respectively. Even more interesting is the fact that Singapore is only second place in terms of hours worked per year, at 2,238. In fact, it is Mexico that takes the cake with hours worked per year standing at 2,255.

The report goes on to mention that Singapore’s fatigue stems from the nations rapid and widespread urbanization, along with its lightning fast growth as one of Asia’s top tech hubs. Add to this Singapore’s reputation for workaholics and long hours, then it is easy to see why the nation has accumulated a high level of fatigue.

What may come as a surprise is that Japan is actually in fifth place on the list. Japan is infamous for it’s culture of overwork, with many professionals working long into the night, while others are pressured to attend social drinking with colleagues after work. Many would think that their fatigue levels would warrant first place, but that does not appear to be the case. Overall, Japan scores 5.32 out of 10; surprisingly only clocking 1,738 working hours annually, 500 hours lesser than the average Singaporean.

Sleep is crucial for mental and physical health, and according to the report, not many people are clocking the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night. The statistics also showed how other factors such as the number of hours worked and average screen time per day will affect how tired a person would feel.


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