Chinese students are getting less sleep

Sun Jian, a 70-year-old Beijinger shared, “My grandson usually sleeps at nearly 11 every night. He is in second grade. It’s really worrying to see him sleep so late.”

Sun’s grandson is not an individual case. According to a blue paper on national mental health released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Psychology in early March, Chinese children and teenagers are getting less and less sleep, with more than 80 percent getting insufficient sleep on school days.

Grade school students snoozed an average of 7.8 hours a night on school days in 2020, compared to 8.1 in 2009. The blue paper showed only 46.4 percent slept for at least eight hours, compared with 47.4 percent in 2009.

Though not a sharp decrease, the poor sleeping trend has prompted an action plan launched by the National Health Commission in 2019 to promote the health of Chinese citizens by laying out health-related measures to be taken until 2030.

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