88% of Mumbai use phones just before bedtime: Reveals Wakefit.co’s Great Indian Sleep Scorecard (GISS) 2022


40% of Mumbaikars feel their quality of sleep has reduced post-pandemic

Mumbai, April 05, 2022:  Wakefit.co, one of India’s largest D2C sleep and home solutions providers released the 5th edition of its Great Indian Sleep Scorecard (GISS) 2022. The report is an attempt to decipher the sleeping patterns and trends of Indians. Touted as the city that never sleeps, Mumbai saw a 25% increase in the number of people who think they have insomnia since last year. To add to the woes, 40% of people also feel that their sleep has reduced post-pandemic. 

Digital devices have become the night companions of the people in Mumbai, as 88% 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% of them believing avoiding digital devices will help, while another 34% of them claiming that a consistent sleep routine will aid in a good night’s sleep. 

Sleep late, wake up rejuvenated

The quality of sleep in Mumbai seems to have suffered because of the pandemic and the increase in screen time. However, Mumbaikars’ bed timings have been the usual between 11 pm to 12 am.  40% of the city went to bed at night within this time frame. Over 50% 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% of Mumbai’s population woke up refreshed in the mornings. No wonder this sleep cycle of Mumbai is one of a kind! Reduced sleeping hours are worrisome but there is some solace in the fact that most people start their day rejuvenated.     

Comfortable sleep environment need of the hour

Mumbai stands second in terms of affinity towards sleep spaces. A massive 70% of Mumbai claimed that they made their beds as soon as they woke up. 23% 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% of the population acknowledged that their bedroom environment has been impacting their sleep.  

Work pressure affecting sleep

Mumbai witnessed a 57% increase since last year in the number of people staying up late due to work. There was also a 47% increase in the number of people feeling sleepy during work hours, since last year. This indicates that the work culture of Mumbai has been taking a toll on its residents’ sleep quality and this proves that it is high time that Mumbaikars pay more attention to their sleep health going forward.

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 in Indian cities. Over the last 5 years, the survey has received more than 2 lakh responses.