START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Is Your City Sleep Deprived?

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.

Read more: Fitness, General Health, Health, Insomnia, , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)


+ add your own
3:08PM PST on Dec 9, 2014


5:25AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Thank you!

4:06AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Don't mix work with life

12:50PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

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 ....

3:42AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Thanks Lisa for sharing this very interesting article.

11:58PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

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.

8:01PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014


7:44PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

It wouldn't surprise me

4:07PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

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

3:20PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

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?

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

*sigh* This article is very "light" on the writing end. You don't actually make your point...or …

Thanks for sharing

I just wouldn't feel right without exercising. I'm an old fart, and I've been active my whole life. …

I'm perfecting my howl also.

Thanks for the alert.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!