Thursday, January 29, 2015

New York is the city that goes to bed at a completely reasonable hour

New Yorkers probably aren't even awake to see this. Stuart Monk / Shutterstock.com

New York talks a big game on never sleeping — but when you actually dig into the data, as fitness tracker company Jawbone recently did, you see that New Yorkers are actually the earliest to bed among major cities.

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(Jawbone)

Jawbone makes the fitness tracker UP, and that gives them a data set with tens of thousands of people's sleeping habits in each major city in the United States (and at least 5,000 per international city).

When Jawbone expands its data set out to some smaller cities, they show that Brisbane actually goes to sleep the earliest — average bedtime among UP wearers. They turn down, on average, at 10:57 p.m. and wake up at 6:29 a.m. Moscow easily takes the latest bedtime, with the average UP user going to bed at 12:46 a.m.

Tokyo, meanwhile, can more accurately claim the mantle for the city that doesn't spend much time in bed: the average resident with an UP tracker sleeps 5 hours and 46 minutes.

The UP data captures cultural patterns, like afternoon naps in Madrid and Beijing. See more of the Jawbone data here.

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