Want More Sleep? Clock It

The first month's results are in, and after a month of clocking their sleep with us, the 4,637 people in our Sleep Project got more sleep each week than they did the week before. In the first week, our sleepers clocked an average of 7 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds of shuteye. By week four, that time had climbed to 7 hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds — a gain of 5 minutes and 40 seconds over the course of the month. 

Women outnumbered men participating in Clock Your Sleep by more than 2-to-1, and they saw the strongest gains, sleeping an average of 7 hours, 6 minutes, 58 seconds in week one and adding a couple of minutes each week to finish at 7 hours, 14 minutes and 12 seconds in week four — a gain of 7 minutes and 14 seconds over the course of the month.

Male sleep clockers generally slept less than women each week by a few minutes, and actually lost time in weeks two and three before gaining it back in week four.

For more analysis on how New York is sleeping, listen to our Senior Editor for Data News John Keefe talk to WNYC All Things Considered Host Julianne Welby about our first week of findings.