5 Fun Facts That May Mean We’re More Wide-Awake than We Think

By Chad Taylor on June 29, 2015

A recent article in Time Magazine’s Labs which relies on data from Withings a maker of health-tracking devices, say America may not be “so bleary-eyed after all.” Here are 5 fun things to know from the article and the study by Withings. Withings’ study was based 10,000 people who were wearing their health tracking device. They noted that the majority of the wearers were males 35 to 40 years old. This may mean the most of Americans are getting even more sleep as a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistic in 2013 showed that men35 to 54 slept the least!

  1. The average time Americans go to sleep is 11:32 PM. The average time they get up is 7:22 AM. That’s just less than 8 hours of sleep and well within the suggested 7 to 9 hours needed by adults.
  2. New York, home to New York City which is called the city that never sleeps does, indeed, go to bed the latest. They add an extra 20 minutes plus to bedtime and go to sleep about 11:54. But, they also sleep in later than any state except North Dakota (because it’s cold and dark there?). The average wakeup time in New York is 7:36 AM.
  3. Unlike the North Dakotans, South Dakotans turned in earlier and got up early. South Dakota residents went to bed the earliest of any state, but they also rise and shine. They are the third earliest state to rise.
  4. Who was out of bed at the earliest hour? You might guess it would be the residents of Colorado – after all Colorado has the lowest obesity rate of any state. They’re up and at it at 7:07 AM on average. Their wakeup time is followed by Rhode Island and South Dakota.
  5. The Midwest goes to bed the earliest as a region.
  6. The least sleep is clocked by the residents of Delaware, but they’re still sleeping 7 hours and 36 minutes.
  7. Montana gets the most rest – pushing past the 8 hour mark by 20 minutes.

How average are you? What are your bedtime and your wakeup times? Two things to note about the study: First, people wearing health tracking devices are likely to be concerned about their wellbeing and making an effort to be healthy, including getting a good night’s rest. Second, the Withings study may be more accurate than the statistics gathered by the Bureau of Labor since a sleep tracking device judges when you fall asleep by heart rate and body movement. The Bureau just asked when sleepers went to sleep – which might not take into account any time they spent trying to get to sleep. If you’re one of the ones that is tossing and turning after you’ve gone to bed, the culprit could be your mattress. It might be time to look at all the new mattress technology – including the cool support of a latex mattress.