There are many studies that say people who wake up early will be more productive all day. Of course, there are also studies that say night owls who then wake up later are more mentally alert and creative all day. In other words, there are advantages and disadvantages to both (and bragging rights associated with each), but are there certain cities where people tend to adopt one sleeping habit over another?
Well, luckily Best Mattress Brand analyzed data from the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2009 to 2015 to determine who was getting up at the crack of dawn and who was letting their alarm go straight to snooze.
Early birds have flocked to the West
Though you would think it would be East Coasters, cities in the middle of the country and many in California were found to have more early risers. No laid-back surfers here! East Stroudsburg was the only East Coast city that made it into the Top 10. These cities had the highest average percentage of commuters who leave for work earlier than 5 a.m.:
- Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.: 13.3%
- Pascagoula, Mich.: 11.9%
- El Centro, Calif. and Stockton-Lodi, Calif.: 11%
- Hammond, La.: 10.9%
- Merced, Calif.: 10.1%
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.: 9.9%
- Stockton, Calif.: 9.5%
- Modesto, Calif.: 9.4%
- East Stroudsburg, Pa.: 9.2%
- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala.: 9.0%
Though waking up early can be really hard these folks are in good company. Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi wakes up at 4 a.m. and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper is also all about it. Kemper told The Cut, “I’m a morning bird. I love getting up before it’s light out if it’s possible. I wake up, I have a black coffee. I’m an 86-year-old man.”
Night owls migrated to the East
So, which part of the country has the most people deciding to start bingeing a new Netflix series at 11:30 p.m.? Well, East Coasters may work long hours but it looks like they are starting a bit late. Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. took the number one spot followed by Ithaca, N.Y. Here are the cities with the highest average percentage of commuters who leave for work later than 9 a.m.:
- Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J.: 35.8%
- Ithaca, N.Y.: 33.9%
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.: 33.4%
- Muncie, Ind.: 33%
- Lawrence, Kan.: 32.9%
- Logan, UT-ID: 32.0%
- Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind.: 31.7%
- Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.: 31.6%
- Bloomington, Ind.: 31.6%
- Lafayette, Ind.: 30.9%
They start the day a bit later but this could actually help their work performance and this group is also in good company as Daily Show host Trevor Noah, and Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti are both considered late sleepers. Winston Churchill famously slept until 7:30 a.m. and then worked from bed in the morning.
What should be kept in mind here is that there is no greater impact on the amount of sleep we get than our jobs. It has been found that the earlier your shift starts, the less sleep you’ll get on average, and Americans who start the workday at or around 6 a.m. typically get six hours of sleep compared to Americans who check in at work between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
This means the night owl group is usually getting about an hour and a half more of rest each night, which is the recommended average by the CDC.