Sleep Duration Varies, Depending on Lifestyle and Gender


According to the results of a study completed by Statistics Canada, the amount of sleep a person gets each night depends on a variety of factors, including gender, marital and employment statuses.

Some of the results were fairly predictable, including the conclusion that those who have lengthy commutes, work longer hours and have kids at home tend to sleep less. “It is an age old truth that kids can deprive their parents of sleep, so raising kids explains why some Canadians sleep less than others,” the report read. However, some of the results came as a surprise.

For example, while men who work out tend to see an unexpected benefit in the form of extra sleep each night, women who work out sleep an average of 19 minutes per night less then their lazier counterparts. The authors of the study chalk that discrepancy up to the idea that women who exercise tend to do so in the morning, forcing them to wake up earlier.

There’s also a difference between men and women. Men who work full time sleep an average of 14 minutes less each night than their full time female counterparts. While it may not seem like a significant amount of time, over the course of a year those minutes add up to 3.5 fewer days of sleep.

In another interesting twist, although men get overall less sleep than women by an average of 11 minutes a night, 35 percent of women polled say that they have a hard time falling asleep. Only 25 percent of men complain about the same problem.

Finally, the study found that while there’s definitely a discrepancy between those who work full time and those who don’t work, there is no noticeable difference between people who work part time and people who are unemployed.

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