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How Did Kansas City Sleep As They Won The World Series?

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on winning the 2015 World Series! As photos emerged yesterday showing the entire city of Kansas City taking off work to enjoy the parade, our data scientists at Jawbone began to wonder — did the games effect how people slept in Kansas City? Not surprisingly, fans stayed up unusually late to enjoy the games.

Sleep in Kansas City, Missouri for October


For example, when the Royals beat the Blue Jays in game 6 of the ALCS to secure the pennant, the city of Kansas City stayed up 38 minutes later and lost 29 minutes of sleep that night. The largest disruption was due to game 1 of the World Series, which went 14 innings and didn’t finish until 12:20am in Kansas City. They stayed up an extra 53 minutes and got 38 minutes less sleep as a result. The final game’s sleep disruptions were also combined with Fall Back Daylight Savings changes, which led them to wake up 39 minutes earlier than normal and go to bed 43 minutes later than usual, and ultimately lose 48 minutes of sleep that night going into Monday morning. Finally, during the parade yesterday, Royals fans averaged 8,757 steps. Compare that to last Tuesday, when the city racked up an average of only 6,768 steps, that’s 29% more!

Congratulations again Kansas City. Honestly, I thought it was going to happen in 2014, since Lorde wrote the song “Royals” about a photo she saw of George Brett, but then again, it was an even year.

Technical Notes: This study was based on thousands of UP wearers who have regularly used UP by Jawbone over the past year in Kansas City to track their sleep. All data is anonymized and presented in aggregate.

Photos generously shared via Creative Commons by Arturo Pardivila III, thanks.

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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.