I’ve been tracking the time I spend in bed for more than two years now (starting on June 16, 2014), and have not looked at the data in detail. Time to do that!
First, what do I track exactly? The minute I go to bed I start a timer in an app called aTimeLogger on my Android phone. There is an iPhone version too if you’re interested. The minute I get out of bed I stop the timer. I do NOT track the time I sleep. I usually read for 10-15 minutes before putting the lights out, and I stay in bed for 5-10 minutes after the alarm sounds.
In all that time I skipped only 3 out of 784 days (in this analysis I’ve only included dates up until August 6, 2016 for reasons).
To the numbers: on average I spent 7h 31m per day in bed. That look awesome, doesn’t it? Well it does, but when you look at separate days in the week (people tend to have a somewhat regular schedule, especially when their employer wants them to spend a certain time in the office) the numbers are quite different.
Let’s look at the following table:
|Night||In 2014||In 2015||In 2016||All time|
|Sun-Mon||6h 58m||7h 0m||6h 46m||6h 56m|
|Mon-Tue||7h 6m||6h 54m||6h 47m||6h 55m|
|Tue-Wed||7h 13m||6h 45m||6h 44m||6h 52m|
|Wed-Thu||6h 50m||6h 47m||6h 48m||6h 48m|
|Thu-Fri||6h 53m||6h 52m||6h 48m||6h 51m|
|Fri-Sat||8h 49m||9h 8m||8h 59m||9h 1m|
|Sat-Sun||8h 58m||9h 20m||9h 19m||9h 14|
|Average||7h 31m||7h 32m||7h 28m||7h 31m|
As you can see there is quite a difference in the average times for weekdays and weekend days (which is expected as I tend to sleep in in the weekend). I must say however that I don’t recognize the numbers for the weekdays. I’ve always had the feeling I spend a lot less time in bed on weekdays. If I had to guess I would say around 6 hours. The number don’t lie of course, so it must be something else. Mind you, I already said I don’t track my actual time sleeping, which is of course shorter than the averages mentioned here. Maybe this is what is causing this feeling.
Let’s look at some other numbers:
- the shortest time spent in bed was 5h 14m;
- the longest time was 10h 48m;
- the mode (the duration recorded most often) was 6h 27m (17 times, or about 2.2% of all days);
What have I learned from this? Well, first and foremost, I spend a lot more time in bed than I thought I was. Now I need a way to make those hours count, because every morning (especially on weekdays) I feel like I could do with some more sleep…