Sleep Differences Between Men and Women
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Below are some interesting findings on how people sleep provided by Eight Sleep, makers of the Eight Mattress Pad and Eight Mattress. This data was generated by users of the Eight Sleep smart mattress pad and then anonymized. It includes data from 5,570 Eight Sleep users.
On average they found that people from this group slept 7 hours and 38 minutes a night. Men sleep an average of 7 hours and 30 minutes compared to women at 7 hours and 54 minutes.
The Eight mattress pad comes with a heating element to warm your bed. They found that women will warm their bed to a higher temperature than men.
Eight was even able to find out how well people slept alone vs sleeping with a partner. People who shared a bed slept slightly better with a sleep score of 73 vs. those who slept alone with a sleep score of 71.
Those who slept the worst were people that slept in their own bed but shared a room with someone. They had an average sleep score of only 65 and were in deep sleep for an average 16% of the time. I’m thinking this could be dorm room environments.
Some other interesting findings are that despite the fact that people who sleep together sleep longer, women who slept with a partner would toss and turn more during the night. Whereas men who sleep with a partner get higher sleep scores and sleep more during the night.
Eight was even to gain some insights into how married vs. divorced people sleep. Not surprisingly, married couples sleep more than divorced or separated couples. The Divorced or separated slept 7 hours 18 minutes a night vs. 7 hrs. 42 minutes a night for married couples. Interestingly, divorced people get deeper sleep. The Eight tracker found them to be in deep sleep an average of 21.11% per night vs married couples at 19.83% of the time.
This is very preliminary data but a significant sample size that will only continue to grow as more people report in. What makes this data interesting is that using large data sets like this can help us understand how we compare with the rest of the country in terms of length of sleep and sleep quality. Having this data within the context of sleep environments also gives us insights into how we can optimize our sleep environment.
If you want to know how you compare to this sample, you can purchase an Eight Sleep system to start tracking your sleep.
More data should be coming out from Eight in the near future.