Sleep: How Do You Compare?

July 30th, 2015

Does time tick past you and you find yourself up in the wee hours of the night, only to struggle to function in the morning? Sleep. It’s forever just beyond your reach. And it turns out, we’re not the only ones not getting enough rest. About 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year and another 20 million have occasional sleeping problems, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

A recent Business Insider article examined fitness trackers like Jawbone UP and sleeping-aid apps like Sleepio, demonstrating that we have all kinds of data on how we sleep to work from. Apparently 8 to 9.5 hours of sleep will make you a happier person. How do your sleeping habits compare to everyone else’s?

Sleeping pug.

Here are few other tidbits gleaned from the tracking devices, mostly Jawbone:

1. Almost no one regularly sleeps more than 8 hours a night. Most of the U.S. sleeps less than 7.5 hours a night.

2. People with the latest bedtime: Brooklyn at 12:07 a.m.

3. All of New York goes to bed late: between 11:45 p.m. and 11:55 p.m.

4. People who live in party cities (Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, and Atlantic City) go to bed at midnight.

5. In the suburbs, bedtime for folks is around 11 p.m.

6. People living outside of Phoenix have the earliest bedtimes at 10:30 p.m.

7. People who commute at least 15 miles go to bed 28 minutes earlier than noncommuters, but they wake up 51 minutes earlier, so they actually sleep 23 minutes less.

8. City dwellers are the most sleep-deprived people in the nation, about 6.85 hours a night for New Yorkers.

9. San Francisco? People average 6.9 hours.

10. Sleep quality degrades with age. People in their 60s reported more long-term sleep problems (49 percent) than people in their 20s.