Food vs Sleep: Jordanians choose their tummies over their beds


Published: 2018-02-25 12:49

Last Updated: 2021-05-05 16:32

What's your preference? (Supplied)
What's your preference? (Supplied)

Jordanians prefer eating to sleeping, according to a public poll run by Roya TV on one of its new game shows “Lose & Win.”

With Jordan’s offering of diverse world cuisines, including its own, it might not come as a surprise that 59.7% of the poll’s respondents chose eating over sleeping.

Four thousand people took part in the survey, with 40.3% of them preferring sleeping over food.

Let’s dig deeper into the results:

The highest percentage of respondents were aged between 25-29 (23.8%).

The majority of those who participated were based in Amman (71.7%), followed by Irbid (10.4%) and Zarqa (9.0%).

Meanwhile, more women than men took part in the poll, with 65.4% of the participants being female, and 34.6% of them being male.

For all those who took part in the survey (and those who didn’t), here is some advice on how to keep the balance between your eating and sleeping habits.

The National Sleep Foundation says that the amount of sleep needed per person differs depending on their age.

Children (6-9): Sleep range is 9-11 hours a night.
Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range is 8-10 hours a night.
Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours a night.
Adults (26-64): Sleep range is 7-9 hours a night.
Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours a night.

While we spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, it is unhealthy to oversleep for long periods of time.

As for keeping a healthy and balanced diet, you must try to eat a variety of foods in the right proportions.

The UK’s National Health Service recommends that you eat five different fruits and vegetables a day, choose low-fat dairy products, as well as these other tips.

You can take part (and win money) in “Lose & Win” by watching the show live every Thursday night at 8:30pm on Roya TV.