Fitbit Says Indians Are Least Active, Second-Most Sleep Deprived In The World
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Fitbit Says Indians Are Least Active, Second-Most Sleep Deprived In The World


India has emerged as the least-active country among 18 countries including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, and Singapore, walking an average of 6,533 steps daily, according to a report by fitness solutions firm Fitbit.

Indians were also the second-most sleep-deprived after Japan, getting an average night sleep of 7 hours 1 minute, the report said on Tuesday.

Based on aggregated and anonymised user data insights from 18 countries, the Fitbit report found that “Indians are the least active and log in only 6,533 steps daily, the least amongst all 18 countries which are 3,600 steps lesser than the average of the most active country—Hong Kong”.

Average active minutes, at 32, also fare the lowest in the grid, it added. Indians also get the least amount of nightly sleep on average which is 48 minutes lesser than the average nightly sleep of users in the U.K. and 32 minutes lesser than average nightly sleep of Americans, the report said.

Ireland got the highest amount of average night sleep at 7 hours and 57 minutes. Indians get 77 minutes of rapid eye movement sleep on average, which is the lowest in the world just like Japanese, who get the same amount of average REM sleep.

REM sleep is a crucial aspect of emotion regulation, memory, and the peak stage of protein synthesis at the cellular level that ensures that multiple processes in the bodywork properly.

Indian users in the age group of 75-90 get the lowest sleep (6 hours 35 minutes on average) compared to other age groups, even though users in the age group of 18-25 years went to bed more than an hour later (12:33 am) than users in 75-90 age group (11:22 pm).

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