Sleepy, hollow: Orlando rated No. 1 for worst sleep quality, No. 3 for highest stress

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According to SleepCycle, an alarm app that collects data to help users sleep better, Orlandoans experience the worst sleep in the nation (We're! Number! One! We're! Number! One!), as well as the third-highest stress level. 

However, weirdly, we also rank No. 1 for best wakeup mood. I don't even know what to say about that – maybe living in Orlando teaches us to put a brave face on a crap situation? 

Here's the breakdown, complete with cities we can trash-talk: Hey Miami, maybe you should sweat your job a little more! Why so relaxed, Philadelphia?

Worst Sleep Quality in U.S.
1. Orlando
2. Kansas City
3. Cleveland
4. Milwaukee
5. Atlanta
6. Philadelphia

Highest Stress Level
1. Louisville: 44.5 percent
2. Kansas City: 44.1 percent
3. Orlando: 44 percent
4. St. Louis: 42.9 percent
5. Cincinnati: 42.8 percent
6. Miami 42.5 percent

Best Wake-up Mood
1. Orlando
2. Miami and San Diego (tie)
3. San Antonio, Phoenix, Houston, Nashville, Kansas City (tied)

Key findings by age and gender:
  • The demographic that spends the least time in bed: men aged 18-30 at 6 hours, 48 minutes. 
  • All three age groups of women tied for the most time in bed at 7 hours, 14 minutes.
  • Not surprisingly, men and women aged 18-30 are the only demographic who go to bed after midnight – men at 12:43 a.m. and women at 12:12 a.m.
  • The earliest bedtime in Orlando: women 31-50 retire at 11:30 p.m. on average. 
  • All Orlando residents wake up after 7 a.m. – men 18-30 wake up the latest, at 7:53, and women 31-50 wake up the earliest, at 7:04 a.m.
  • Women age 31-50 get the best quality sleep, while women 51 and over get the worst quality of sleep.
  • And finally, in perhaps the least shocking news ever given screen space, women 51 and over wake up in the worst mood, while men aged 18-30 wake up in the best mood.
Below: more rankings by gender and age for anyone who looooves statistics or wants to in-your-face a loved one of a different age or gender, plus more sleep factoids unique to Orlando regarding coffee consumption, percentage of Orlandoans who work out, and more. Cheers to the quantified self!

  • Orlando spends only 7 hours and 3 minutes in bed, on average, each night. This is 4 minutes less than the national average of 7 hours and 7 minutes.
  • Only 39.6 percent of Orlando users recorded drinking coffee on a daily basis. This is 5 percent less than the national average, and less than any other major Florida city. Only four other major U.S. cities drank less coffee last month (December): Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
  • Only 23.5 percent of Orlando users recorded working out on a daily basis. That is nearly 3 percent less than the national average, but an increase locally since October, when only 17.1 percent recorded workouts.
  • More users in Orlando record feeling stressed before falling asleep each night than in any other major Florida city. 


Go-to-bed Time

1. F 31-50: 11:30 P.M.
2. M 31-50: 11:31 P.M.
3. F 51+: 11:36 P.M.
4. M 51+: 11:50 P.M.
5. F 18-30: 12:12 A.M.
6. M 18-30: 12:43 A.M.

Wake-up Time
1. F 31-50: 7:04 A.M.
2. M 51+: 7:06 A.M.
3. F 51+: 7:11 A.M.
4. M 31-50: 7:16 A.M.
5. F 18-30: 7:45 A.M.
6. M 18-30: 7:54 A.M

Time in Bed
1. M 18-30: 6 hours, 48 minutes
2. M 51+: 6 hours, 58 minutes
3. M 31-50: 7 hours, 2 minutes
4. F 18-30: 7 hours, 14 minutes
5. F 31-50: 7 hours, 14 minutes
6. F 51+: 7 hours, 14 minutes

Best Sleep Quality
1. F 31-50
2. M 18-30
3. M 51+
4. F 18-30
5. M 31-50
6. F 51+

Best Mood
1. M 18-30
2. M 51+
3. F & M 31-50
4. F 18-30
5. F 31-50


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