2014: A Year in Sleep

As we close out 2014 and welcome 2015 at Jawbone, it’s time to remember the things over the past year that shaped our lives. Being a data scientist, I like to look at the data for understanding. So here’s a retrospective of how we lived in the past year through the lens of how we slept.

In 2014, Jawbone expanded globally. Over the past year we explored differences between cities and cultures. We showed how events like the World Cup and the Napa Earthquake changed our sleep behavior. Here, we compare and contrast the sleep patterns of 11 countries in 2014.

The top ten most amazing things about how we sleep around the world

Our sleep is affected primarily by seasonal time changes we abide, holidays we celebrate, religions we practice, and sports teams we love. Here’s what I found most interesting about each country:

World Cup 2014 Disrupts Sleep in Europe

Finally, here’s a deep dive into the World Cup. It’s estimated that a billion people worldwide watched Germany and Argentina square off in World Cup final. Since the tournament took place in Brazil, the matches were contested very late in Europe (matches began as late as midnight) and early in the morning in Asia and Australia.

  1. The Dutch stayed up late to watch their team beat Costa Rica and lose to Argentina. Both matches went to penalties and ended around midnight in the Netherlands.
  2. Greece had a challenging time watching their team given the five-hour time difference. Their round-of-16 match against Costa Rica, which went to penalties, began at 10pm in Greece and resulted in a heartbreaking loss at 12:56am.
  3. Germany, as noted above, stayed up late to celebrate their win. Although the final match against Argentina ended at 10:36 German time, in spite of being a Sunday night, their average bedtime was 12:55am.

Hope your 2014 was great, and welcome 2015!

Technical Notes: This study was based on over one million UP wearers who track their sleep using UP by Jawbone. All data is anonymized and presented in aggregate. Sleep deviations were calculated by removing the average sleep by day of the week.

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About The Author

Brian Wilt

Brian leads an engineering team building personalized health insights and coaching. At Jawbone, he makes data human. He coaches kids volleyball. He earned his PhD studying neuroscience and applied physics at Stanford (go Card), and before that, high-energy physics at CERN and MIT. Follow him @brianwilt.