The Gender Sleep Gap

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.

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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.

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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The Circadian Rhythm

It is impacted by three main factors: 

  • Light: probably the most significant pace setter of the circadian rhythm. Staring into a bright light for 30 minutes or so can often reset your circadian rhythm regardless of what time of day it is.
  • The time of day, your daily schedule, and the order in which you perform tasks can all impact your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Melatonin: this is the hormone that causes drowsiness and controls body temperature. It increases after dark and decreases before dawn.

... opening the window, or turning on the air conditioner are effective ways to stay awake when driving.

These "aids" are ineffective and can be dangerous to the person who is driving while feeling drowsy or sleepy. 

It's best to pull off the road in a safe rest area and take a nap for 15-45 minutes. Caffeinated beverages can help overcome drowsiness for a short period of time. 

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