Here at Achievement, our in-house experts are constantly studying health and wellness trends and capturing, quantifying, and analyzing behavioral data across multiple diseases and therapeutic areas to better understand how to deliver more preventative and proactive care to individuals.
We know that every day habits can play a role in your health. In our Health Habits Survey, we asked questions like…Are you a coffee drinker? Take vitamins? How many hours of sleep do you get?
Based on your responses, we wanted to dig a little deeper into how and how much Achievers sleep, and we’re happy to unveil our first official Consumer Trends Report. In this report, we crunched some numbers around sleep patterns within our community across a variety of different people. Additionally, we analyzed the number of hours of sleep logged across the “United States of Achievement.”
Here’s what we found:
Female Achievers get more sleep than males:
- female = 6.8hrs
- male = 6.6hrs
Most Achievers report sleeping about 7–8 hours per night (nearly 50%). Followed by…
- 5–6 hours (40%+)
- 4 or fewer hours (nearly 4%)
- 9+ hours (nearly 3%)*
Most Achievers report having ‘fairly good’ sleep quality (nearly 65%). Followed by..
- Reports of ‘fairly bad’ sleep quality (20%+)
- Reports of ‘very good’ sleep quality (9%+)
- Reports of ‘very bad’ quality sleep (nearly 3%)*
Perhaps not surprisingly, parents sleep less! Having children is approximately equal to losing 12 min of sleep per day vs not having kids.
Sleep time follows age according to our analysis of average sleep duration from activity trackers. Achievers get less sleep on average as they get older….
- 18–34 = 6.9hrs
- 35–50 = 6.7hrs
- 51–65 = 6.6hrs
- 65+ = 6.5hrs
Then, we did an even deeper dive to do an analysis of sleep patterns across the United States.
We wanted to explore how different states stacked up in terms of their sleep behavior. Using the similar methods employed by the CDC, we split participants into two groups based on their average sleep time:
Short Sleep (<7 hours) or Sufficient Sleep (≥7 hours), and then explored how states differed.
Here are the results!
Total Sleep Examined**
- Six months of sleep were included in this analysis, spanning March through September of 2018.
- A total of 101,832 Achievers tracked 84,286,345.39 hours of sleep during this 6-month period (over 9,600 years!).
- On average, Achievers slept for 6 hours and 46 minutes per night.
The “State” of Sleep
- Vermont had the smallest percentage of people getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night at 50.2%
- Plot Twist: Hawaii had the largest percentage of people getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night at 65.5%
- A little more logical….Nevada and California tied for second place to Hawaii at 63.9% of Achievement members reporting <7 hours of sleep. The Achievers in the city that never sleeps are truly following suit.
Are our perceptions of our sleep aligned with how many hours of sleep we actually track?
Achievers do a pretty good job of putting themselves in the right “bins” for the 5–6 and 7–8 hours of sleep, but those who say 4 or less are underestimating, and those who say 9 or more are overestimating.
Self-reported sleep quality and actual sleep time match up fairly well with an increased time spent asleep as self-reported sleep quality increases.
- Very bad — 6.2hrs
- Fairly bad — 6.5hrs
- Fairly good — 6.8hrs
- Very good — 7.1
How does our sleep line up with our quality of life?
Last but not least, people who report better general health (according to the Achievement Health Survey) actually sleep more. An overall look at general health status next to hours of sleep logged below:
- poor = 6.5hrs
- fair = 6.6hrs
- good = 6.8hrs
- very good = 6.9hrs
- excellent = 7.1hrs
Stay tuned for our next report. In the meanwhile, check out Achievement Offers, and we’ll keep you posted of research opportunities.
The Achievement Team
*Small subset of survey respondents did not respond to the question. Full #s are as follows:
- Of the 232576 unique Achievement users who answered the Healthy Habits survey, 9143 (3.9%) reported sleeping 4 of fewer hours per night, 101748 (43.7%), reported sleeping about 5 to 6 hours per night, 114964 (49.4%), reported sleeping about 7 to 8 hours per night 6168 (2.7%), reported sleeping 9 or more hours per night. A small number of users (553; 0.2%) did not answer this question.”
- * Sleep data was gathered for the six month period from March — September, 2018.