Is Your City Sleep Deprived?

New Yorkers are early to bed and early to rise. People in Tokyo are night owls. And, 10% of Dubai-ans are still asleep at 11 a.m.

These are findings by Jawbone, the company that analyzed the sleep patterns of more than 5,000 people worldwide who wore its UP, a digitized wristband that tracks how users move and sleep.

The data shows:

  • Tokyo, Japan gets the least sleep – 5 hr. 44 min.
  • Melbourne, Australia gets the most sleep – 6 hr. 58 min.
  • Brisbane, Australia is earliest to rise – 6:29 a.m.
  • Moscow, Russia is latest to rise — 8:08 a.m.
  • Stockholm, Sweden takes the most steps – 8,876.
  • San Paulo, Brazil takes the least steps – 6,254.

“The movement and sleep patterns of a city tell an amazing story about its culture and people,” says Brian Wilt, Jawbone’s data scientist who crunched the numbers. “How active is a city? When do they go to bed on average, and how much do they sleep? … Each pattern forms a distinct ‘thumbprint’ for the city, the unique way its citizens live their lives.”

Jawbone is a San Francisco-based company specializing in consumer technology and wearable devices.

42 comments

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Don't mix work with life

Catrin K.

Let's put it this way , i could care less how much my "city" sleeps what matters to me is if i can sleep at all and if i do how many hours ....

John B.
John B.2 years ago

Thanks Lisa for sharing this very interesting article.

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

Um, no. A "study" with 5,000 participants world wide who are wearing wristwatches that measure when they go to sleep doesn't mean ANYTHING. Good grief. You want to know what a city's inhabitants do? Look at the opening and closing hours of businesses, particularly those where you can drink alcohol and made to order food. If the real restaurants are open until midnight or later and reopen at 11 for lunch and the bars are open until 3 or 4 in the morning and reopen to serve breakfast with a Bloody Mary at 8 am, the way they do in NYC, they are responding to market conditions. It's not called the city that never sleeps for a reason.

Janet B.
Janet B.2 years ago

Thanks

Rosa Caldwell
Rosa Caldwell2 years ago

It wouldn't surprise me

Leanne Bowden
Leanne Bowden2 years ago

I'm from Melbourne - I can relate to that - but I thought it was only me hahaha - I actually brought the average up I think. :D

kathrynelizabet Etier

New Yorkers are early to bed and early to rise? In what alternative universe do those who inhabit the city that never sleeps going to bed and rising early?