Dutch population not getting enough sleep

Dutch population not getting enough sleep

Many people in the Netherlands are not sleeping well. According to a study by NSWO, the Dutch sleep research organisation, almost one in two people are dissatisfied with the amount of sleep they get.

NSWO conducted a sleep study in honour of National Sleep Week (March 10-15 2014). The NSWO surveyed 1000 people in the Netherlands, with an average respondent age of 50.7 years. Results have thus to be relativized as they are especially concerning more mature Dutch people.

Some results: approximately 1/3 of people reported that they feel tired during the day, while insomnia causes problems for 22% of the population. 1/5 of respondents try to remedy their sleep deprivation with a regular midday nap.

But they may have themselves to blame. As a matter of fact many Dutch have late-night habits that would directly impact their ability to sleep.

Late-night snacks and drinks to blame

Some habits to blame: the consumption of alcohol before bedtime were two of the most common habits that respondents mentioned in their late-night routines. Even 41% of the respondents admitted to drinking at least one alcoholic beverage within one hour of going to bed, with men more likely to do so than women.

A considerable amount of respondents number drink caffeinated beverages (12% cola, 9% coffee and 1% energy drinks) right before bedtime. But beverages are not the only thing consumed prior to sleeping: 37% snack on nuts or chips and 32% candy or cookies.

Late phone use, TV watch & more in bed

Once in bed, 47% of people occasionally use their phone, and ¼ of people report doing so on a frequent or daily basis. Women appear to be twice as likely as men to use social media at night.

Sleeping with phone








Watching television in bed is another popular activity: 20% of respondents stating that they do so every day.

Besides, more people acknowledged reading or having sex right before bedtime. Remarkable is that studies often mention sexual intercourse as a sleep stimulator, especially for men.

Interrupted sleep is common

On average, it takes people 19 minutes to fall asleep. Most people wake up around twice during the night, both during the week as in the weekend.

Snoring also appears to be an issue. 16% of those surveyed said that they often snore. Especially people in overweight seem to regularly snore.



Use of sleeping pills is not excluded

In an attempt to sleep more or better, almost 1 in 10 people take regularly sleeping pills.



Adjusting late-night habits and routines may help a long way in
rating your sleep patterns and ensuring a good night’s rest.

Sleeping problems

(Source: NSWO)


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