US map showing bed time by county (actually kind of cool)

Jawbone has done a series of really interesting studies looking at how sleep in various cities and countries around the world.

A few months ago they compared how much people slept in three dozen citizens worldwide.

Among their findings:

Least Sleep: Tokyo, Japan – 5hr 44min
Most Sleep: Melbourne, Australia – 6hr 58min
Earliest to Bed: Brisbane, Australia – 10:57pm
Latest to Bed: Moscow, Russia – 12:46am
Earliest to Rise: Brisbane, Australia – 6:29am
Latest to Rise: Moscow, Russia – 8:08am

Now they’re looking at average bedtime per county in the US. And they’ve created a neat map:


Here’s a zoom of part of the Midwest, including Chicago:


Now what’s really fascinating is analyzing the color differences. Jawbone does this nicely, but I think they missed something. First, they note how strong demarcation along time zones. They note, correctly, that part of that is simply the time change itself. If two people, one on each side of the time zone border, go to bed at the same time, one person’s watch will show the time as 1030pm, the other’s will show 1130pm. Thus the strong demarcation.

They also note that people on the west side of a particular time zone go to bed later than those on the eastern side of the same time zone. Why? Because the sun sets in the west, so it stays lighter longer in the western side of the same time zone. And people’s circadian rhythms kick in when the sun sets.

But what I find fascinating as well is how much darker the East is from the midwest overall. Being from Chicago, I’ve always suspected that Eastern time made me go to bed later, because prime time television starts one hour later in the east than it does back home in the midwest. Back home mom and dad used to go bed after the 10 o’clock news. Out east, that’s often the 11 o’clock news. And the prime time shows are done by 10pm in Chicago, out east it’s 11pm. At least for me, the night feels done when prime time ends. And it feels done sooner in Chicago than it does DC.

And here’s their map showing number of hours slept per night — this one doesn’t tell me as much:


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9 Responses to “US map showing bed time by county (actually kind of cool)”

  1. PJParks says:

    And all of those gang bangers and murderers in Chicago are democrats.

  2. KaylaHepperate says:

    I’ve been making $80/hour working freelance jobs over the internet. Before this i was without a job for 7 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $11000 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here’s what i have been doing>INTERNET BASED BUSINESS

  3. BeccaM says:

    To find out the ‘limo’ they arrived in was one of those monster luxury Hummers feels like piling on at this point…

    The dictionary entry for “American Trash” should have the Palin family portrait next to it.

  4. Indigo says:

    Oh! and I’m in the Orlando demographic.

  5. Indigo says:

    OMG! They’re watching me. Orlando is listed as going to bed at 11:39 pm. That’s almost exactly when I go to bed, right after Jimmy Fallon’s monologue.

  6. Jim Olson says:

    There are a lot of Americans like this. And they vote Republican.

  7. nicho says:

    If this is what “real Americans” are like, count me out.

  8. BeccaM says:

    Reading the police report, it sounds like the Palins all decided to crash Korey Klingemeyer’s son’s birthday party as well as the McKenna twins — because it was also Todd’s birthday. (Original invitees according to Klingenmeyer were friends and friends of friends associated with the Iron Dog Snow Machine community.)

    The statement from Mr. Klingenmeyer is pretty clear that he was angry the Palins showed up, more angry they mostly appeared to be drunk off their asses and behaving like total assholes towards everyone. And apparently he showed tremendous self-restraint (as stated by several witnesses) when Bristol came up to him and started punching him in the face.

  9. nicho says:

    This is interesting, but I think it’s more interesting to keep up with what the Wasilla Snowbillies are up to:

    Palins Vindicated — As stinking drunk brawling yahoos.

    The police reports are hilarious. This is fodder for a movie-length version of “Cops.”

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