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Fitband user data shows American cities need more sleep

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Patrick Murray  |  Aug 21, 2014
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If you live in a big city, chances are your neighbors aren’t getting enough sleep. Board certified sleep physicians recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and based on a newly released dataset, none of the major U.S. cities get that amount of sleep, on average.

The wearable fitness tracking manufacturer Jawbone recently released its user data to the public. The device UP by Jawbone uses wrist actigraphy, a type of motion detector, to track how much sleep its users get per night.

The average amount of sleep for Jawbone UP users in major American cities is as follows (in descending order):

  • Orlando, FL – 6.93 hours
  • Dallas, TX – 6.9 hours
  • Denver, CO – 6.9 hours
  • Minneapolis, MN – 6.9 hours
  • San Diego, CA – 6.9 hours
  • Austin, TX – 6.9 hours
  • Seattle, WA – 6.88 hours
  • San Antonio, TX – 6.87 hours
  • Charlotte, NC – 6.85 hours
  • Washington, DC – 6.85 hours
  • Boston, MA – 6.83 hours
  • Chicago, IL – 6.83 hours
  • Houston, TX – 6.82 hours
  • San Francisco, CA – 6.82 hours
  • Atlanta, GA – 6.8 hours
  • Phoenix, AZ – 6.8 hours
  • San Jose, CA – 6.8 hours
  • New York, NY – 6.78 hours
  • Miami, FL – 6.72 hours
  • Los Angeles, CA – 6.68 hours
  • Las Vegas, NV – 6.53 hours

According to the technical notes released by Jawbone, numbers do not include time spent awake in bed.

The dataset also including sleep times for international cities. Tokyo, Japan (5 hr, 44 min) averaged the least amount of sleep in the world. Melbourne, Australlia (6 hr, 58 min) averaged the most.


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  1. 1 Courtlynn Wright 12 Jun
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