We love data here at Jawbone. We love to see stats on how people are sleeping, how active they are, what daily routines improve lives, and which are a detriment to our health.
This year we shared some health and fitness data stories that people loved—but some of you may have missed. As Community Coordinator at Jawbone, I want to help you get 2016 off to a great start. So, here’s a list of my favorite data stories from 2015. I hope it helps you make more informed, healthy decisions next year, and every year!
My favorite part from this story: It’s amazing to see how sleep between men and women differ, especially across the world. As an American, it was interesting to see that other countries, overall, get more sleep than those in the United States. It made me start wondering what it is about American culture which prevents us from sleeping more hours in a lifetime. Is it our food choices? Or entertainment, screen-based culture? Work-life stress?
What I found most interesting: This post contains useful data that I can use to improve my overall heart health. For example, the data demonstrates how going to bed later usually is correlated with a higher resting heart rate the next morning.
Greatest takeaway: People who live closer to work have more fun. As someone who commutes a great distance into the office everyday—I can testify that this data is pretty on point and accurate. There are days where it’s a challenge for me to be active, because of my commute. It’s funny how a graph will change the way you look at everything.
Why I enjoyed this post: As i’ve recently begun training again, this data only helped to reinforce how the types of exercise we do impacts our day to day schedule, and ultimately our health. I was most intrigued by the fact that UP users who exercise early in the mornings are more consistent in their workouts overall than users who exercise in the afternoon or evening.
What I found interesting: I certainly suffer from what people would call wanderlust, so I found this story a particularly interesting read. According to the data, Americans tend to get less steps on vacation than other countries, and spend only an average of 11 vacation days a year traveling. Travel brings me joy and relaxation on a semi-regular basis, so I would wish the same more my fellow patriots.
What I found interesting: I was intrigued that sleep disruptions in India were often a product of the Indian culture itself. Indian culture really loves to party! Nearly every week, somewhere in India, there’s an interesting festival, religious, or cultural day being observed. Unsurprisingly, these continuous revelries have true and measurable impact on Indian bedtimes.
What surprised me: There’s no doubt in my mind that i’m happier when I’ve enjoyed a good night’s sleep, but what’s interesting is that getting more than 9.5 hours of sleep actually could make you less happy over time. Additionally, when you hit the Goldilocks sweet spot of 8-9.5 hours a sleep, you’ll actually take more steps in a day, and that’s a pretty encouraging piece of data if you need to stay motivated in 2016.