Hindu Mommy

January 5, 2007

Sleepless …in India

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 12:15 am

Be like Tom Hanks? Of course, that would be a dream come true for most middle class Indian males.

Unfortunately, Indians are getting to be more like the character in Tom Hanks famous movie than be the real Tom Hanks.
According to a WHO report released last week, 34.3% of Indians were suffering from sleep disorders
According to this story in Hindustan Times, as the economy booms and middle class affluence grows, Indians are becoming more stressed, forgetful and sleep deprived.

According to the WHO report 47.3% of Indians aare worried, 47.4% are sad and low, 44.9% have memory disorders and 43.2% are absentminded.

The study was an initial marker to assess the need for more extensive studies later. Commissioned in 2003 as part of a world health survey, it set out to find out how stressful life is in India.

The results showed that more than 47 per cent of the respondents suffered from clinical anxiety, an equal number were depressed. Sleeplessness and memory disorders affected more than 34 per cent and 44 per cent respectively. Overall 40 per cent felt jaded and fatigued, 30 per cent had relationship conflicts, and more than 58 per cent suffered from stress-related bodyache.



  1. I doubt the sleepness in India is due to prosperity. Prosperity has nothing to do with it. I can remember that in even prosperous villages till about 40 years ago, sleeplessness in unknown.

    The noise and utter disregard to rules is a bane of india. Insecurity is increasing day by day. Physical activity is getting reduced.

    There is a growing craze for T V serials and Cricket.

    Night life and alcohol is another booming business.

    A sense of contentment and togetherness is a sure antidote for insomnia.

    Anyway this seems to be money spinners for pharma comapnies.

    Comment by swaralu — January 6, 2007 @ 6:19 am | Reply

  2. Where have you been, no activity on mutiny lately.

    Comment by vashistvishal — January 8, 2007 @ 2:29 am | Reply

  3. @Swaralu – there’s probably always been some amount of sleeplessness but stress is a major contributing factor nowadays – and who’s to say if watching TV increases sleeplessness or sleeplessnesss leads to more TV watching in the nite time..?

    @VashistVishal – sorry – been busy with life between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – am slowly getting back into a schedule and shall start blogging more regularly

    Comment by hindumommy — January 8, 2007 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

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