French lead the world in eating and sleeping

OK, maybe that headline won’t surprise you. Here’s a stereotype that is backed up by hard data.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released a report detailing sleeping and eating habits of 18 of the world’s developed countries.

It’s conclusion: The French sleep and eat more than any other people in the developed world.

Specifically, the study found that the French sleep an average of nine hours every night, which is about 30 minutes longer than the average American does. The Japanese and Koreans average less than eight hours of sleep a night.

As far as eating goes, the French spend more than two hours per day, on average, eating — roughly twice the time Americans spend eating.

The French are also world leaders for taking vacation, an average of 35 days a year — but the OECD study didn’t address that.