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The Sleep Sweet Spot

The Sleep Sweet Spot

The average Fitbit user:

  • Is in bed for 7hours, 33 minutes per night
  • Sleeps only 6 hours, 38 minutes
  • Spends 55 minutes in a restless or awake state.

People who sleep less than 5 hours a night don't get enough deep sleep. Deep sleep is important for cell regeneration, human growth hormone secretion, and feeling refreshed.

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The Gender Sleep Gap

Among Fitbit users:

  • Women get about 25 minutes more sleep on average.
  • Men get a slightly higher percentage of deep sleep than women until around age 55. Then women get more deep sleep.
  • Women get 10 more minutes per night REM sleep.
The Generational Divide

When it comes to Fitbit users:

  • Generation Z goes to sleep the latest, but they sleep longer.
  • Baby Boomers sleep the least, averaging 6 hours and 33 minutes per night.
  • REM and light sleep stay reasonably stable throughout a person's life.
  • Deep sleep decreases from 17 percent at age 20 to 12 percent at age 70.

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How to Sleep Better
  • Develop a “power down” ritual before bed, limiting the use of technology and bright lights.
  • Use Relaxation Techniques like yoga or meditation.
  • Get some sun exposure every day.
  • Avoid Caffeine.
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Use the Bedroom for sleep-related activities only, keeping it uncluttered and inducive to sleep.
  • Get some exercise in the day.
  • Keep room temperature ideal for sleep.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol.
  • Avoid noisy surroundings and conditions.

Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. 

If you do not fall back asleep within 15-20 minutes, you should get out of bed, go to another room and engage in a relaxing activity such as listening to music or reading. Return to bed when you feel sleepy. Avoid watching the clock.