Brooklyn Goes to Sleep Latest in the Nation

BROOKLYN (Washington Post) -
The Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges late at night.
The Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges late at night.

In the city that never sleeps, Brooklyn manages to go to sleep an hour later. They’re also, naturally, the latest risers.

America’s earliest risers live in Arizona. The country’s biggest snoozers live in Michigan. Hawaiians are in bed before anyone else. And New Yorkers really are the last ones standing.

That’s according to Jawbone, the maker of the popular fitness tracker by the same name, which crunched data on over 100,000 sleep patterns for every county in the country to estimate the average bedtime and wake time for Americans all over the United States.

But on a local county level, none has a later bedtime than Brooklyn — people living in Kings, New York, go to bed at about 12:07 a.m., on average. That’s the only county in the nation to burn the midnight oil. Even in Manhattan, with the second-latest bedtime in the country, people go to sleep before the clock strikes 12 (at approximately 11:55 p.m.). In Miami, the city with the third latest bedtime, people go to sleep at 11:54 p.m. on average. In Atlantic City, the fourth, people go to sleep a little after 11:50 p.m. In Los Angeles, the 384th, it’s roughly 11:30 p.m.

On the other end of the spectrum are two counties in Hawaii — Maui and Kauai — where people go to sleep, on average, around 10:30 p.m., the earliest in the country.

The latest to bed aren’t, naturally, the earliest to rise. Graham and Greenlee, Ariz., as well as Catron, New Mexico, share those honors. The three counties are up just after 6 a.m., on average.

Brooklynites, meanwhile, wake up later than just about anyone else. Only seven counties in the United States wake up later than Kings, where people are awake just after 7:30 a.m. on average.

All in all, not a single county’s residents were found to average more than eight hours of sleep a night. Some came close — Pocahontas, W.Va., for instance, averages 7.7 hours per night.

Dimmit and Zavala, Texas, both of which were found to average fewer than 6 1/2 of sleep per night, are the country’s two most sleepless counties. In New York, where people stay up all night(ish), people also don’t get much sleep — only about 6.8 hours on average in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.