Sleeping Around The World: New Research

It’s no secret that Europeans tend to eat dinner much later than we do in the U.S.  Maybe it has something to do with our workaholic culture, who knows? But if you’re in the states looking to woo a woman, it’s probably not a good idea to make dinner reservations for 9:45 p.m.

New research from the University of Michigan used data from a smartphone app and big data to look at sleep patterns in 20 countries, and it turns out the average woman in the U.S. goes to bed at 10:51 p.m., so she’d be half-asleep by the time the appetizers arrived. The average guy? 10:56 p.m. What he does in those extra five minutes, I  have no idea. Heavy flossing?

The study also found that middle-aged men get the least amount of sleep, often less than 7 hours a night. (And we wonder why so many men are crabby…)

Countries whose residents get the least amount of sleep include Singapore and Japan, where an average night of sleep is 7 hours and 24 minutes. Who gets the most sleep in the world? Those lucky Netherlanders, with an average of 8 hours and 12 minutes.

It also looks like people who spend some time in the sunlight every day tend to go to bed earlier and get more sleep than those who spend most of their day indoors.

And finally, Men’s Health Magazine tells its readers that it’s in your own best interest to let the woman in your life get her beauty sleep. The research says that when women get an extra hour of shuteye, they’re 14 per cent more likely to get amorous with you the next day.  Just saying.

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