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SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED

Sleep Habits Around The Globe – Over 6 Million Nights Measured

It’s intriguing to peek into the sleep habits of athletes and learn how they adapt their sleep to special circumstances, such as racing in a different time zone.

But athletes are not necessarily the Joneses we should all try to keep up with. After all, for most of us, sports is not our day (and night) job.

What’s equally interesting is to learn how people like us are sleeping and compare ourselves to our peers. That’s why we tapped into anonymized Polar Sleep Plus™ data from users around the globe and put together a wrap-up of sleep habits based on over 6 million measured nights.

First, let’s get a few key terms straight, and then we’re ready to dive into the sleep habits of Polar Sleep Plus™ users.

SLEEP TIME

is the time between falling asleep and waking up.

ACTUAL SLEEP TIME

is the time you’re actually sleeping (Sleep time minus interruptions).

SLEEP CONTINUITY

describes how continuous your sleep is on a scale of 1–5 with 5 being the best score. The lower the value, the more fragmented your sleep is.

SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
That’s right, we measured over 6 million nights across 28 different countries. That’s some serious sleep insights!
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Who can snooze the longest? Turns out, Estonia can clock up the minutes, coming in at an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes! Looks like Japan has some serious catching up to do.
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Maybe the guys really could do with a bit more beauty sleep. They are losing out on an average of 22 minutes every night when compared with women.
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Early bird and all that? South Africa comes in first place with the earliest average bed time of 10:45pm.
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Not surprisingly, South Africans also are the first to greet the day with a sunrise start time of 6:06am.
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
From all those 6 million + nights we measured, the average sleep time is 6 hours and 53 minutes. Could do with a little more, couldn’t we?
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Turns out all you young-ins (18-29 year olds) are blissfully sleeping for 10 minutes more than us oldies (40-64 year olds).
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
Polar’s home country of Finland is home to the best sleep continuity score, averaging a 3.4 out of 5. Gold star for us!
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED
What could it be waking the French up at night?
SLEEP HABITS AROUND THE GLOBE – OVER 6 MILLION NIGHTS MEASURED

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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