Fitbit’s Survey of 6 Billion Nights of Sleep Data Reveals a Lot About Us

It’s still early in the year when all the resolutions kick in for a healthier new year. This is the time when gym regulars complain about the gym being packed until January 14, the two-week mark from the first of the year. Besides working out, sleep is a big part of how we function as Fitbit’s data shows. According to its survey a lack of sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, —and even early death.

Because of the difficulty in measuring sleep, Fitbit used its bands to aggregate data from its built-in heart monitors. It’s a bit creepy that the bands track your sleep but in doing so revealed data that was both jaw-dropping and validated what we had previously guessed at.

Fitbit started tracking sleep stages in March 2017 and has collected anonymous data from 6 billion nights of its customers’ sleep.

As Fitbit data scientist Karla Gleichauf put it.“It’s probably the largest biometric data set in the world.”

Data Breakdown

Since the Fitbit app knows your gender, age, weight, height, location, and activity level, the data is rich and can be analyzed in as many ways as possible.

So who sleeps more: men or women? Northerners or Southerners? East Coasters or West Coasters? What’s our national average bedtime? And what does all this mean for us?

Here are some of the segments the data was broken down into:

Men vs. women

Women sleep 25 minutes longer a night than men. The average is six hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night. Men on the other hand get only six hours and 26 minutes. Neither group gets anywhere close to the recommended eight hours a night.

The news that’s not so good: They’re 40% more likely to suffer from insomnia.

Old vs. young

Getting older does affect your sleep. We get less deep sleep as we age. When you’re 20, you’re getting half an hour more deep sleep a night than when you’re 70.

North vs. South

Northerners go to bed five minutes earlier than Southerners. They also wake up earlier.

East vs. West

The data shows that East Coasters stay up seven minutes later than West Coasters.

One thing to keep in mind is the data is from Fitbit users and not the general public. The results may be different, but the information gathered can give insights into how we tick.

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