Close to eight in 10 Singaporeans (75%) surveyed have seen an improvement in at least one aspect of their wellbeing within eight weeks of Singapore's circuit breaker. Be it to their eating habits, mental health, physical health or sleep patterns, this was a result of a majority choosing to prioritise staying healthy (93%) over other pursuits in that period, a recent study has revealed.
In fact, according to the AIA Real Rewards Poll 2020, which involved 875 participants, it was during the circuit breaker period that two-thirds of respondents realised they had previously been taking their health for granted.
Breaking down the findings - of the 75% who experienced at least one positive health change, close to half (48%) said it was for their eating habits, while about the same number (45)% said saw an improvement to their physical health.
At the same time, slightly more than four in 10 (43%) had improved their sleeping pattern during the circuit breaker, a positive finding considering that in an earlier study done in 2019, 56% of Singaporeans had reported getting six or lesser hours of sleep each night.
Finally, 30% saw an improvement to their mental health, aided by making changes such as getting at least seven hours of sleep, eating more nutritious meals, and spending quality time with loved ones.
That said, while the above percentage did see an improvement to their mental health, another 30% reported a decline in theirs, due to increased levels of stress and anxiety; while about three in five (60%) said they are anxious about the post-coronavirus world.
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