According to data from the Apple Heart and Movement Study, sleeping well is not as easy as it seems!
Healthy sleep habits have a positive impact on health. Despite knowing it, most of us do not put it into practice. Thanks to the rise of tools designed to monitor this feature, among which of course we include Apple Watch Sleep Mode, there is more and more data that helps us to identify more precisely the alternations of this routine that we take for granted.
According to the results of a recent report from the Apple Heart and Movement Study, compiled by Apple Watch, most people don’t get enough sleep every night. The research, published this month by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, builds on sleep data collected from more than 42,000 Apple Watch users.
Sleeping between 7 and 9 hours seems too much
The data of the 42,000 users showed that only 31% of those people sleep at least seven hours a night, which is the recommended minimum for healthy adults. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended to sleep between seven and nine and thus reduce the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases, dementia, diabetes, among others.
A deeper analysis offered details to consider:
- From Monday to Friday, 66.4% of the time people sleep before midnightbut that figure drops to 56.6% on weekends.
- For participants who had shared at least 10 nights of sleep data (a total of 42,455 participants), the average amount of sleep time per individual was 6 hours and 27 minutes.
- Despite differences at the state level (in the United States), in all states less than 40% of residents met the American Heart Association’s recommended sleep duration.
the researchers collected their data through the Apple Heart and Movement Study. This study was first announced by Apple in 2019 and it’s only available to device users in the United States18 years or older, using the Apple Health app or the Apple Research app on your iPhone.
But those of us who are not part of the study also we can have an overview of our habits configuring the options available on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch. On both devices, starting with iOS 16 and watchOS 9, Apple has improved the sleep features, adding more information and data for continuous and accurate sleep tracking.