There’s a tendency to think the concept of sleep is fairly uniform across all cultures. In general, taking naps is seen as a corrective measure; a sign that you didn’t get a proper night’s sleep, and should probably adjust your sleep schedule. In some cultures, however, taking naps is a perfectly normal part of the daily routine. In Botswana, for example, people only sleep when they genuinely feel tired — regardless of the time of day. Brother UK conducted a study centered around the sleep customs of eight countries around the world, and how their sleep patterns affect mood and work performance.
According to the study, here’s how sleep works across eight very different cultures.