Men exercise more — and sleep less

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

We have already seen that regular exercise is better for your health in almost every aspect than the recommended seven hours of daily sleep. Let’s take a look at where the U.S. population stands on the issue.

Seventy-nine percent of the population exercises regularly, while only 64 percent gets adequate sleep. Keep in mind, however, that these numbers are an average — a lot more Americans (around 80 percent) still get less than seven hours from time to time.

Interestingly, it seems that it’s not always about the tradeoff; there is a positive (albeit small) correlation. So, people who exercise regularly are slightly more likely to get enough sleep.

How exercise and sleep habits change with age

As seen in the chart above, men tend to exercise more than women of the same age. This is especially true for younger adults.

On the other hand, the number of men getting enough sleep is noticeably smaller, with the difference increasing with age until the early 40s. To be fair, there is some discussion about whether women need more rest than men. Additionally, it is more or less universally accepted that women are more prone to the adverse effects of not getting enough sleep.

Percentage of adults getting adequate sleep in each state

At the same time, women are less likely than men to get enough sleep. This is especially the case in the southeastern states: almost 40 percent of women in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia didn't hit an average of seven hours per day.

More rural states, like South Dakota and Colorado, expectedly reside on the other side of the spectrum.



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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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