This year, the Philips Global Sleep Survey 2021 report results confirm that while new sleep challenges have been an issue across nearly all geographies and age groups, sleep apnea patients have been disproportionately affected.
How COVID-19 changed sleep around the world
Philips surveyed 13,000 adults in 13 countries to capture attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors around sleep, one year since the onset of the COVID-19. How has your sleep changed during the pandemic and how does it stack up to other countries?
Please note the below local country numbers are in comparison to the global findings from the Philips Global Sleep Survey 2021 report – (local vs. global).
They are most likely to:
Have trouble sleeping (46% vs. 32% total)
Say worry/stress most limits their sleep (40% vs. 24%)
Experience daytime drowsiness (62% vs. 45% total)
Have decreased the amount of time spent fully asleep since the start of the pandemic (39% vs. 24% total)
Never have been prescribed CPAP if they have sleep apnea (74% vs. 57%)
They are most willing to use telehealth for a sleep-related concern (71% vs. 58%)
They are among the least likely to experience daytime drowsiness (30% vs. 45% total)
Those in France are less likely to use a cell phone in bed (63% vs. 84%)
Those in France who have been tested for sleep apnea are most likely to receive their results during an in-person visit (87% vs. 64%)
Those in Germany are less likely to:
Use a phone in bed (63% vs. 84%) and to fall asleep later than desired because of it (56% vs. 75%)
Have had a telehealth appointment for any reason (12% vs. 31%)
Those in India are more likely to:
Feel they get enough sleep at night (74% vs. 58%) and feel well rested in the morning (73% vs. 59%)
Have increased the amount of time spent fully asleep since the start of the pandemic (54% vs. 31% total) and to say their ability to sleep well has been positively impacted (39% vs. 23%)
Have been tested for sleep apnea (29% vs. 17% total) and to have been tested in-home (55% vs. 42% total)
Currently be using a variety of strategies to try to improve sleep; they are the most likely country to use meditation (41% vs. 25%) and sunrise alarm clocks (38% vs. 22%)
Those in Japan are less likely to:
Suffer from a condition that impacts their sleep (44% vs. 69% total) or say anything limits their sleep (69% vs. 87%)
Have used any online resource or a healthcare provider to learn about sleep/sleep treatments (4-16% vs. 15-34%)
Have received a formal diagnosis if tested for sleep apnea (63% vs. 82%)
Have changed the amount of time spent fully asleep since the start of the pandemic (28% vs. 55% total) or experienced a new sleep challenge (48% vs. 70% total)
Those in South Korea are more likely to:
Have been tested for sleep apnea in a sleep lab/doctor’s office if they’ve been tested (76% vs. 46% total)
They are least likely to:
Feel they get enough sleep (35% vs. 58%) or feel well-rested when they wake up (29% vs. 59%) at least some of the time
Those in the Netherlands are less likely to:
Say anything limits their sleep (70% vs. 87%)
Experience daytime drowsiness (26% vs. 45%) or experience chronic fatigue (20% vs. 36%).
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor and is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalized medical advice. Philips disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.