More Chinese are paying for a good night’s sleep – Xinhua

Photo taken on Dec. 18, 2021 shows a staff member checking the sleeping conditions of elderly people via an intelligent mattress monitoring management system at an intelligent elderly care center in Qingyuan Community, Luyang District of the Hefei City, Anhui Province (East China). (Ge Chuanhong/Handout via Xinhua)

TIANJIN, April 8 (Xinhua) — Xueying, a vlogger from Chinese entertainment platform Bilibili whose music videos constantly focus on how to improve sleep quality, has found the topic a buzzword for more and more people in China.

Among the comments below, the videos complain about how insomnia has prevented some from succeeding in their careers. Some night owls come looking for possible solutions to improve their quality of sleep and their health.

In 2021, the time Chinese people fell asleep was delayed by more than two hours, while the wake-up time was also delayed by 37 minutes compared to 2012, which means that the average sleep time was lower by almost an hour and a half, according to an annual report. Chinese sleep report.

A report published in 2022 shows that Chinese people are increasingly concerned about problems related to lack of sleep, such as reduced anti-pressure ability, memory loss, skin damage and weakened immunity. . And they have become the main customers of the booming “sleep economy”.

Data released by market research firm iResearch shows that the country’s overall sleep economy market size has shrunk from around 262 billion yuan ($41 billion) in 2016 to around 378 billion yuan. in 2020.

“It’s a vast market with great potential and one that has grown rapidly over the years,” said Wang Guangliang, executive director of the sleep industry branch of the National Sleep Industry Association. health and business management.

“Twenty years ago, saving sleep was nothing more than beds, pillows and quilts, because people only cared about sleeping warm,” Wang said. “The sector now spans healthcare, daily necessities and other categories and has developed emerging divisions like smart and bespoke products.”

A myriad of mattresses, eye patches, earplugs, aromatherapy, massage products and sleep monitoring devices are available on major Chinese e-emporiums. Mobile apps to help users analyze their sleeping behavior, record sleeping conditions, and play white noise and meditation music are increasingly welcomed.

Huang Ting, from the country’s post-90s generation, works hard during the day as a white-collar worker in Tianjin Municipality in northern China. She said she desperately needed a comfortable and smart sleeping environment at night.

“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, I have spent more time at home than before. I started looking for bedroom gadgets that can help me sleep better,” said Huang, who wears a smart bracelet to monitor his daily sleeping conditions with a blank. noise speaker turned on at night.

Xue Rong, deputy executive director of the department of neurology at the General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University, said emerging technologies are also being adopted in medical treatments to improve patients’ sleep.

Advanced sleep monitoring equipment has improved diagnostic accuracy. Pharmacological treatments improved with the help of physical therapy, psychotherapy, mindfulness and music therapy, Xue said.

“We have also implemented hypnotic therapy based on virtual reality (VR) technologies. Patients can see landscapes with healing powers by wearing VR glasses while their sleep and electrical brain activities can be improved,” Xue noted.

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