Japanese people are not getting enough sleep.
A recent survey shows that sleep deprivation is becoming an increasingly serious problem.
Of the Japanese people in their 40s surveyed, about half reported they do not get enough shut-eye.The Health, Labor and welfare Ministry asked some 6,500 men and women, aged 20 or older, about their sleeping habits.
It turned out that people in their 40s are most lacking in that department.
About 48.5 percent of the men and 52.4 percent of the women in that age group indicated that they sleep less than 6 hours daily.
Roughly 11 percent said they sleep less than 5 hours each day.
The percentage of Japanese people complaining they do not get enough rest has been on the rise since 2009. The ministry is urging people to make sure tha
t they get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, obesity, hypertension, and other conditions.