The Straits Times
Published on Aug 20, 2014

Sleepless in Singapore: Why are we not getting enough sleep?


A recent study by Jawbone, maker of a digitised wristband that tracks how its users move and sleep, shows that Singapore is among cities in the world with the least hours of sleep, clocking an average of 6 hours and 32 minutes a day. Why are we not sleeping enough and what are the effects? We look for the answers from The Straits Times archives.

1. Balance is key to health

This article was first published on July 24, 2014

There are many keys to unlocking a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Among them is eating properly, getting regular exercise and enough sleep.

Achieving a balanced lifestyle does not happen overnight, especially if bad habits are entrenched.

2. Wake-up call for sleep-deprived drivers

This article was first published on June 6, 2014

If you cause a fatal accident because you drive when you are sleep-deprived, you may be jailed for up to two years, or fined, or both.

In the past, the courts in Singapore have typically only fined but not jailed motorists who cause death by negligent driving. In a recent case, however, a special court of three judges headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon found that jail time was warranted.

3. Toiling away without sleep is not normal

This article was first published in March 3, 2014

The tragic story of a 21-year-old student who died towards the end of his summer internship last year has prompted major banks to re-examine their working conditions.

One of the first to act was Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where intern Moritz Erhardt died after working 72 hours straight at its investment division in London.

4. Not enough sleep?

This article was first published on April 20, 2012

It’s after 10pm on a weekday, but the playgrounds can still be packed with young children at play.

They should be in bed by then, say doctors, who warn that insufficient sleep could affect the children’s long-term health and academic abilities.