Men sleep naked, women sleep with socks on

Jawbone Up user data shows us how we're sleeping

Technology trends and news by Steven Loeb
October 23, 2013
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Apparently those wearable UP wristbands from Jawbone are incredibly popular. So popular, in fact, that the company is finding itself unable to keep up with orders. The point of them, of course, is to track movement, as well as sleep then display the data, in order to help each user live a healthier lifestyle. 

But put those wristbands on everyone, or at least a whole lot of people, and they can start to give us information that goes beyond the individual. It can give us insights into how we, collectively, live our lives. Kind of creepy, in a way, but also fascinating. 

Jawbone collected the information from a group of people who wore the Up wristbands while they slept, and put into an infographic showing the differences between how men and women sleep.

The findings

First of all (and I'd like to find out how they know this) but men are twice as likely to sleep naked than women. Women, however, are three times as likely to wear socks to bed. A full 13% of both sexes sleep naked, while 50% wear pajamas and 35% wear their underwear.

When it comes to pillows, women typically use two, while men use one. So take from that what you will.

Both men and women are guilty of bringing their phones with them to bed, as 80% of those surveyed did this. Considering that so many people (me included) use their phones are their alarm clock, I am actually surprised this number wasn't higher. 

People who sleep next to other people also seem to be more tired than their single counterparts, going to be 35 minutes earlier. Also, those who browse the Internet afyer 5 P.M. get up 37 minutes later. And when it comes to doing that, men are 19% more likely to do so than women.

In terms of how people are sleeping, 81.3% of women sleep on their sides, compared to only 55.3% of men. 26.7% of men sleep on their stomaches, while the same can be said of 17.7% of women. 

Men who sleep with a partner get up 1.2 times during the night, comared with 1.8 times for single men. 

And once they wake up, women are 47% more likely to make the bed, and men are eight times more likely to have this done for them. 

So... what now?

Of course, the next question is, what do you do with this information? Does it really matter if someone is sleeping in their underwear or with or without socks? Probably not, as those are simply personal preferences. And that is data that I would think was probably supplied independently by the user, as a Jawbone wristband probably cannot tell what you are, or are not wearing. or at least I hope it can't.

It seems more important to note how many times someone is getting up during the night, but Jawbone has simply stated the data here, and not given it any kind of context. I'd like to know if sleeping with one or two pillows has any effect on our necks, for example. 

There is also is some data in this study that seems a little bit... off to me.

One thing that jumped out was the data suggesting that people who browse the Internet after 5 sleep longer. But couldn't it simply be that those people do not have to get up as early for work?

What is important about these findings, though, is the fact that a wearable piece of technology could be used in this way. What that means is that at some point down the road they could really give us some very interesting, and important data that will really help us improve the way we live.

Jawbone could not be reached for comment. These findings were first noticed by AllThingsD on Wednesday. 

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