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A night owl literally a night owl is an English idiom that is used to describe people who prefer to be awake and active at night. In this post we will find out in which country we find more "nocturnal birds" and who are the most sleepy.

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According to a survey by TV ratings giant Nielsen Media Research, the biggest night owls on the planet are the Portuguese. Three-quarters of them do not go to bed until after midnight. The people in Taiwan are almost as bad: 69 percent are still up after midnight, followed by South Koreans (68 percent), Hong Kong residents (66 percent), Spanish (65 percent), Japanese (60 percent), Singapore residents and Malaysians tied (tied) at 54 percent), Thais (43 percent) and finally the Italians at 39 percent.

Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, Americans slept an average of 10 hours a night. Now they're down to 6.9 hours on weeknights and 7.5 hours on weekends. After comparing complexities of rising and retiring times, the researchers found that the Japanese were the most sleep-deprived of all, with 41 percent getting six hours or less of shut-eye each night.The biggest snoozers on Earth? The Australians, with 31 percent of them catching nine hours or more of sleep each night.

  • Adam Floyd