Using data gleaned from Bing, a Microsoft EVP writes an article on Fortune details the sleep habits of different cities in America, including some surprising insights on sleep effect on health and productivity.
For years, we’ve been told that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. Our average nightly sleep time has dropped from 7.9 hours in 1942 to 6.8 today, and sleep experts can’t stop wringing their hands. Insufficient sleep is blamed for everything from motor vehicle deaths (which are actually dropping) to decreased productivity at work (which is actually rising). You would think that the makers of Ambien might be funding the half-dozen or so sleep studies that come out every year. Then again, it’s entirely possible that advances in workplace and motor vehicle technology, among other factors, have simply outweighed the detrimental effects of our increasing lack of sleep.