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Want More Sleep? Clock It

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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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. 

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I am in my mid-40s and am experiencing peri-menopause. I wake up several times a night due to hot flashes and am curious if this has been addressed in any of your sleep stories. I usually slept through the night before this and hope to god that I will only suffer this for months, rather than years! ; )

May. 10 2014 12:18 PM

In doing this project I see that my sleep is very irregular. I have a big house, lots of housework (can't afford household help and don't want to move), lots of doc appointments, and a few certain medical problems that interfere with sleep. I've sort of decided to just not worry about it and like a baby's "demand feeding," get into my bed when I feel I can't do otherwise. I realize this really goes against the idea of establishing regular sleep habits. Maybe engaging in this study will shape me up to a healthier way of life. PS I'll be 82, but am VERY active, to say the least!!!

May. 09 2014 01:37 PM

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