There’s a Herald story about sleep
A University of Michigan study using data from Entrain, a smartphone app aimed at reducing jetlag, found Kiwis on average go to sleep at 10.48pm and wake at 6.54am – an average of 8 hours and 6 minutes sleep.
It quotes me as saying the results might not be all that representative, but it just occurred to me that there are some comparison data sets for the US at least.
- The Entrain study finds people in the US go to sleep on average just before 11pm and wake up on average between 6:45 and 7am.
- SleepCycle, another app, reports a bedtime of 11:40 for women and midnight for men, with both men and women waking at about 7:20.
- The American Time Use Survey is nationally representative, but not that easy to get stuff out of. However, Nathan Yau at Flowing Data has an animation saying that 50% of the population are asleep at 10:30pm and awake at 6:30am
- And Jawbone, who don’t have to take anyone’s word for whether they’re asleep, have a fascinating map of mean bedtime by county of the US. It looks like the national average is after 11pm, but there’s huge variation, both urban-rural and position within your time zone.
These differences partly come from who is deliberately included and excluded (kids, shift workers, the very old), partly from measurement details, and partly from oversampling of the sort of people who use shiny gadgets.