HK's sleeplessness problem is worse than Taiwan's


Thu, Aug 21, 2003 - Page 2

Eight out of 10 people in Taiwan and Shanghai and nine out of 10 Hong Kong people have trouble getting to sleep, according to a survey yesterday.

Ninety-one percent of people surveyed in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by a prolonged economic downturn and the SARS crisis, said they had sleeping problems compared to 83 percent and 80 percent in Shanghai and Taiwan respectively.

Sixty-two percent of Hong Kongers said they did not get enough sleep compared to 52 percent in Shanghai and 46 percent in Taiwan, according to the survey by market research company ACNielsen.

Forty-two percent of Hong Kong people said they woke up in the middle of the night compared to 38 percent of people in Taiwan and 37 percent of people in Shanghai.

Fifty-four percent of Hong Kong people said it took them more than 15 minutes to fall asleep compared to 43 percent of people in Shanghai and 41 percent of people in Taiwan.

Researchers say the findings are linked to Hong Kong's economic woes which have left people in the city worried about their jobs and the value of their property.

Joblessness has risen to an all-time high of nearly 9 percent in Hong Kong and property prices have fallen 65 percent from their 1997 peak.

Around 400 people from each territory were questioned for the survey, which was commissioned by UK health-care products chain Boots.