Personal Data Tracking Shows How Major World Events Affect People’s Sleep

Jawbone's health report highlights key events where people stayed up late.

Serena Chu
Serena Chu on December 19, 2013.

As a means to better understand people’s sleep patterns, the Data Science team at Jawbone compiled a list of major world events and correlated it to specific outlier findings. The study shows that people lost an average of 6 minutes of sleep on the night of the Oscars. And back when Barack Obama was re-inaugurated, 29 minutes were lost.

While some events directly affected the amount of sleep, other events, like the George Zimmerman trial and Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMA’s, made no impact. Jawbone’s sleep cycle analysis lets us view our habits and anomalies from a birds-eye view perspective.

In order to come to these conclusions, Jawbone collected over 47 million nights of sleep log from thousands of UP wearers in 2013. So what is an UP device? It is a system that tracks and organizes your movement and sleep data into an holistic report. You can purchase one here.

Take a look at the researcher’s results, some of the findings might catch you by surprise.


Source: Jawbone