New Zealanders ranked the best in the world at sleeping

Kiwis have the best quality sleep, according to SleepCycle.
Kiwis have the best quality sleep, according to SleepCycle. Photo credit: Getty

New data has shown that New Zealanders outrank the rest of the world when it comes to getting a good night's sleep.

SleepCycle, an app that tracks the sleep of its users, has released statistics showing just how much sleep the world is getting. 

New Zealanders have proven to be a fairly successful bunch of snoozers, clocking up an average of 7.5 hours of sleep per night. Over 30 percent of Kiwi SleepCycler's achieve the recommended eight hours per night.

An impressive 81 percent of Kiwis also achieve consistently high-quality slumbers, putting New Zealand at number one on the leaderboard in terms of global sleep quality. Australia is close behind on 80 percent, and Finland is third on 79 percent.

The countries with the worst quality sleep were Japan, South Korea and Iran, respectively. Guatemalans were recorded as the earliest risers, although Egyptians may need to stop hitting the snooze button with the world's longest lie-ins.

South Africa is the best place to get to bed at a respectable hour - but is also responsible for almost half an hour of snoring per night.

If New Zealand wants to maintain its coveted title as a Sleep Sanctuary, Kiwis should keep up the good bedtime habits.

Make an effort to fall asleep and wake up at the same time to regulate the circadian rhythm, avoid eating or consuming caffeine too close to sleepytime, and stop the screens at least half an hour before hitting the hay.