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13 Mar, 2023
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According to researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Heart and Movement Study, which was gathered by Apple Watch, it appears that the majority of people are not getting sufficient sleep on a nightly basis.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital recently conducted a study on sleep patterns in over 42,000 Apple Watch users. The research, which was published this month, sheds light on the sleep habits of a large sample of the population and provides valuable insights into the prevalence of sleep deprivation and its potential health consequences.

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed over 2.9 million nights of sleep data collected from participants using the Apple Heart and Movement Study. This large dataset allowed them to identify patterns and trends in sleep behavior, such as the average amount of sleep participants were getting each night and the frequency of going to bed before midnight.

The study revealed that just 31% of participants were getting at least seven hours of sleep per night, which is the minimum recommended for healthy adults by the American Heart Association. This finding highlights the widespread nature of sleep deprivation and its potential impact on public health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a range of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, dementia, depression, obesity, and higher blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

Further analysis of the data uncovered interesting insights into sleep patterns across different states and on weekdays versus weekends. For example, the researchers found that people go to bed before 12 am on weekdays 66.4% of the time, but that number drops to 56.6% on weekends. They also discovered that fewer than 40% of residents in all states met the AHA's recommended sleep duration, with Washington having the highest proportion of people getting 7+ hours of sleep at 38.3% and Hawaii ranking the lowest at 24.2%.

Overall, this study provides valuable insights into the sleep habits of a large sample of the population and highlights the importance of getting enough sleep for maintaining good health. The findings have important implications for public health campaigns and interventions aimed at improving sleep habits and reducing the prevalence of sleep deprivation.