10 Fascinating Sleep Habits From Around The World 😴
1. Siesta 💤
In Spain, people take a 2-hour long break around lunchtime to take a nap and recharge. It has also spread to other hot Latin American countries.
2. Fear of Fans
In South Korea, there's a superstition that one might die sleeping next to an electric fan. Therefore, fans are turned off before sleep even on the hottest evenings.
3. Sleeping with a pet 🐕
A survey from Stonyfield Organic found that 74% of dog owners in America share their bed or sofa with their pets. Cuddles with a loved pet at night can increase oxytocin and lower stress levels.
4. Worry dolls 🎎
Parents in Guatemala place little wooden dolls underneath their child's pillow at bedtime. People believe that these colourful dolls help children sleep peacefully taking their worries away.
5. Naps in the office 💤
People in Japan are allowed 30 minutes during the day to take a nap. It's not a sign of laziness but a sign of very hard work.
6. Putting babies outside for a nap during winter ❄️
In Scandinavia, parents put their children for a nap outside all year around. Even though the winters can be really harsh in these regions, parents wrap their kids well and let them sleep outside. You might even see a row of cosy buggies lined up outside a coffee shop while parents enjoy a warm drink inside.
7. Sleeping naked
According to a survey by Furniture Choice, over 20% of British people sleep without clothes which is good for cleaner skin and a better snooze.
8. Separate duvets
Is your other half stealing all the duvet in the middle of the night? This solution might be for you! In Germany, Austria and Scandinavia people use separate duvets while sleeping in the same bed. Nice and cosy!
9. Long lunch breaks 🥵
In Italy, around midday, people get a 2-4 hour-long lunch break due to the heat at this time of day.
10. Elevating bed with bricks 🧱
Some groups in Africa are known for elevating their beds with bricks to protect themselves from a mythical creature that can possess its victims.
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