We can all agree that 2016 was a big year. Ryan Gosling learned to play piano聽for聽La La Land, the聽Summer Olympics in Rio聽kept us glued to our TVs, and, of course, our country witnessed the roller-coaster ride that was the election of聽President Donald Trump. We can all agree that it鈥檚 been聽a lot to handle, and if you think you鈥檝e lost some sleep over it all, you鈥檙e probably right.

The team at Eight, a company that creates smart sleep technology聽that can actually聽track your sleep patterns, was following our shut-eye throughout the year, and they recently published their findings. The results are based on data gathered from approximately 5,000 participants. Scroll on to learn more about six of their key insights鈥 and then go take a nap.


1. Snoozing accounted for about 32 percent of our time in 2016.聽The average study participant slept for about seven and a half hours per night. Over the course of 12 months, this equals nearly 2,800 hours 鈥 or聽a little less than one-third of our year. That鈥檚 time well spent, if you ask us.

2. Women caught more zzz鈥檚.聽Women who participated in the study slept about 24 minutes more each night than their male counterparts.聽Study results didn鈥檛 determine聽why this is the case. We鈥檙e just glad to see so many ladies out there getting the rest they need!

3.聽People are sufficiently restored by sleep.聽According to sleep experts, healthy people experience true deep, restorative sleep for 18-25 percent of the night. Restorative sleep accounted for 22.3 percent of the participants in Eight鈥檚 study. This type of sleep is important because it allows our bodies to repair and our minds to form memories.


4.聽Unusual events and holidays聽do affect our sleep time.聽If you鈥檙e convinced that your sleep schedule is significantly affected by major cultural events and holidays, you鈥檙e right! Daylight Savings really聽does make you more tired. Study participants slept an average of 35 minutes more when they changed their clocks. Turkey Day food comas are also real. On Thanksgiving, people slept 29 minutes longer than usual. And while sleep patterns weren鈥檛 affected聽on Election Day, there was a lot of lying awake and staring at the ceiling聽the night聽after. People slept about one hour less than usual on November 9.

5.聽Tossing and turning is real 鈥 and we do it more than we should.聽The study tracked how many times participants moved in bed over the course of the night, and only significant movements that lasted for more than five seconds were logged as official 鈥渢ossing and turning鈥 behaviors.聽A good night鈥檚 sleep usually includes no more than seven tosses or turns, but the average for people in the study was roughly聽17 tosses and turns.

6.聽Overall, we鈥檙e pretty聽average sleepers.聽Based on a wide range of factors that help determine whether or not someone has healthy sleep habits, the team at Eight graded participants to help determine the overall quality of their rest. The average sleep score was a 73 percent. If we鈥檙e going by school standards, this equates to a C grade 鈥 totally acceptable, but nowhere near perfect quality鈥 and with plenty of room for improvement.

How would you grade the quality of your sleep? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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