Do you fall in line with SA’s sleep habits?

A new study shows that Capetonians get the most sleep, while Pretoria people are morning people.

Global app Sleep Cycle

A survey by the global app Sleep Cycle of more than 5,300 South Africans show that on average they spend seven hours in bed per day.

South Africans typically wake up at 06:20, making us the earliest risers in the world. Capetonians get the most sleep, while Durbanites have truly awful sleeping habits, averaging just over seven hours a night.

Last year, a Sleep Cycle survey among almost a million global users showed that South Africans are the earliest risers in the world.

Tracking habits

A breakdown of different suburbs showed that Roodepoort users on average woke up before 06h00 in the mornings.

The app also tracked sleepers’ movements per hour in bed. A lower movement per hour average score means that the user enjoyed more restful sleep. Durbanites again scored the worst, with more than 64 movements per hour, while users in Johannesburg (57 movements) slept best.

Every morning, app users rate their mood when they wake up. Sleep Tracker data show that Pretoria users are South Africa’s morning people, rating their mood at almost 70% (100% is ecstatically happy), while Jozi wakers were grumpiest (61%).

The app tracked snoring as well. Snoring on average 21 minutes a night, Pretoria was almost SA’s Snore City, but lost out to Durban (23 minutes).

Author: Helena Wasserman, Business Insider SA