Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sleeping Enough?

The Wall Street Journal published an article today: Go Ahead, Hit the Snooze Button  The article is all about the link between sleep and productivity.  One stat in particular jumped out at me: "30% of the civilian workforce [doesn't] get enough rest," defined as people getting less than six hours of sleep.  How much sleep are you getting?  I bet you think you know, but you don't *really* know.

But I do.

Turns out, I've been tracking my time for the last eight years, on and off.  And I've been doing it without interruption since August of 2011, so I have pretty good data about trends in my sleep patterns.    I'll share two things with you today:

  1. I slept an average of about 6.6 hours per night across all of 2012.  Check out how that breaks down month by month below.  Man, September was brutal.
  2. I've slept six or fewer hours 30% of the nights so far in 2013.  I should really be getting more sleep.


  1. Thank you for sharing. I'm also looking to track my sleep schedule . Is there an app that you use?

  2. I've simply been writing it down in a Google Doc spreadsheet. I'm sure there will be new great apps emerging in the not-too-distant future, but you might look at Fitbit or Jawbone Up. They're wearable devices you can use to track your physical activity, and they'll also monitor your sleep.
    People also seem to like SleepCycle on the iPhone. It looks at both the quantity and the quality of your sleep. You just have to keep your phone in bed with you...

  3. Ha! No problem...Who's not sleeping with (or on top of) their iPhone these days?

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