Turks pre­fer sleep ly­ing on their side, new study shows

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

ROLLING around the bed is not some­thing that Turks do, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. “Most Turks sleep ly­ing on their side,” said Sleep Sci­ence Foun­da­tion mem­ber Pro­fes­sor Hik­met Yıl­maz said. Ac­cord­ing to the data, half of the Turk­ish pop­u­la­tion sleep bet­ter ly­ing on their sides and the aver­age Turk sleeps 7.5 hours a day.

“The world aver­age for sleep du­ra­tion is be­tween 7 and 7.5 hours. Ital­ians, the Span­ish and the Greek are the peo­ple that love sleep­ing the most,” said Pro­fes­sor Yıl­maz.

Al­though Turks sleep above the world aver­age, sleep ap­nea is one of their com­mon sleep dis­or­ders, along with dif­fi­cul­ties in fall­ing asleep, fre­quent wake-ups dur­ing the night and in­suf­fi­cient sleep du­ra­tion.

Of­fi­cial data from the Sleep As­so­ci­a­tion (UYKUDER) shows that 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from sleep ap­nea in Turkey.

Just over 11 per­cent of men are at risk from sleep ap­nea, while this rate is 20.2 per­cent in women, ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Turk­ish Sleep Sci­ence So­ci­ety. Snor­ing, er­ratic breath­ing dur­ing sleep and tired­ness af­ter a long sleep are some of the symp­toms of sleep dis­or­ders.

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