New report shows how the U.S. slept compared to other countries and how the political climate can affect sleep
A new sleep report from Sleep Cycle, the leading alarm clock app, today reveals how residents of the U.S. slept in 2017, how they compared to residents of other countries, and how the political climate can affect sleep. The report comes from Sleep Cycle’s user database and provides data from 2016 to 2017.
Burning the midnight oil? Maybe not
Americans don’t get the recommended full eight hours of sleep—but they’re close. The data shows that the average time spent in bed for Americans in 2017 was 7 hours and 19 minutes, with an average bedtime of 11:40 p.m. and wake-up time of 7:08 a.m. This is an overall increase in bedtime and time in bed by 4 minutes when compared to 2016. Americans’ sleep quality decreased by 10 percent this year, but wake-up mood decreased by less than 1 percent.
The data shows that the area where people live can also affect their sleep. Sleepers in Delaware increased their overall sleep quality and showed significant improvement in their wake-up mood, while New Mexicans, Delawareans, and Rhode Islanders increased their average time in bed the most compared to the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Maine was the only state whose residents saw decreased sleep quality, worse wake-up mood scores, and significantly worse sleep quality compared to 2016.
Where Americans Got the Best Sleep in 2017
5. North Dakota
Where Americans Got the Worst Sleep in 2017
Sleepless in Miami?
When breaking down the data based on city, the data reveals that Miami is actually the city that never sleeps—residents of the “Magic City” reported the worst sleep in 2017. Residents of St. Louis and Washington, D.C. had some of the worst wake-up moods in both 2016 and 2017 but also had the most improved wake-up moods of all cities listed.
Residents of Orlando, Miami and San Antonio reported the steepest decrease in sleep quality, even though their residents also started going to bed earlier. And while they may not have gotten to bed earlier per se, folks in San Antonio, Indianapolis, Austin, St. Louis, Boston, and New York increased their time spent in bed more than other cities in 2017.
Cities Where People Slept the Best
3. Ann Arbor
Cities Where People Slept the Worst
5. San Antonio
Sleep data by generation
It turns out that a good night’s sleep doesn’t always guarantee a good mood: in 2017, Millennials went to bed the latest, woke up latest and had the best overall sleep quality but woke up in the worst mood compared to all other age groups. They also experienced the biggest decline in wake-up mood from 2016 to 2017 and saw the biggest difference in wake-up time over the past year.
Meanwhile, Gen Xers slept the least and woke up the earliest compared to other generations, and, despite getting the most sleep and going to bed the earliest, Baby Boomers had the steepest decline in sleep quality from 2016 to 2017 and experienced the worst sleep quality of all generations.
Sleep gets Trumped
There’s no question that big life changes can impact that quality of sleep. Taking a look at how Americans have been sleeping since the Trump election, Sleep Cycle found that the national average sleep quality decreased significantly in November, even though Americans spent more time in bed (+4 minutes average) and went to bed earlier (-7 minutes average). Since the inauguration in January, Americans continue to go to bed 9 minutes earlier and wake up 12 minutes earlier.
The country with the best wake-up mood goes to…
Montenegro took the cake for the country whose residents woke up the happiest in 2017. This is followed by Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, and Mexico. The countries whose residents woke up in the worst mood this year include Jersey, Japan, Tanzania, Oman, South Korea and China.
“As one of the world’s largest sources of quantitative sleep data, Sleep Cycle is excited to announce the 2017 sleep report, which looks at global sleep trends and how things like location, age, and current affairs affect how people sleep,” said Maciek Krejak, founder of Sleep Cycle alarm clock and CEO of Northcube. “We created Sleep Cycle to help people of all stripes get a better night’s sleep, and this report provides wonderful complementary insight into which things may hindering or helping them towards that goal.”