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Revealed: Sleep trends from around the world

Sleeping patterns analysed using the Sleep Cycle app

Revealed: Sleep trends from around the world

The world’s latest sleep trends have been revealed by alarm clock application Sleep Cycle.

The report was made possible by analysing the sleeping patterns and data of 941,329 male and female Sleep Cycle users aged 18 to 55. It was conducted in 47 countries worldwide.

Sleepless Sunday nights, Happy Sunday mornings

According to the study, the majority of the world (66% of countries measured) gets the least sleep on Sunday nights.

In the Middle East specifically, Sunday mornings were recorded as having the earliest wake-ups and bedtimes.

The three countries with the least sleep on Sundays are:

• South Korea: 5 hours and 53 minutes sleep time

• Taiwan: 6 hours and 15 minutes sleep time

• Indonesia: 6 hours and 21 minutes sleep time

The earliest wake up time among Middle Eastern countries is:

• 7:18 am: UAE

• 7:33 am: Kuwait

• 8:01 am: Saudi Arabia

The earliest bedtime among Middle Eastern countries is:

• 11:48 pm: UAE

• 11:56 pm: Saudi Arabia

• 11:59 pm: Kuwait

On the other hand, the majority of the world's countries wake up in the best mood on Sunday mornings. Sleep Cycle rated Mexico, Colombia, and Chile as the happiest countries on Sunday mornings.

Mondays: earliest wake-up time worldwide

As for Mondays, they proved to be the day of the week where the majority of the world wakes up at the earliest.

South Africa has the earliest wake up time at 6:09 am.

Rising 24 minutes earlier than its weekly average time is Switzerland.

And rising 23 minutes earlier is than its usual time is Germany.

The UK wakes up at 7:16 am, 17 minutes earlier than it’s regular.

Sleep Cycle reported the UK as having the worst mood on Mondays, perhaps because of its earliest wake up time. Finland, Hong Kong, Canada, Ireland, Germany, and 11 other countries were also reported to wake-up in the worst mood on Monday mornings.

Tuesdays is for bad mood days

Despite worst mood Monday mornings, the UK experiences the best sleep quality on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

As for the UAE and Saudi Arabia, they experience the worst sleep quality on Tuesday nights.

Best Sleep Wednesdays

Wednesdays have the best sleep quality for 58% of countries surveyed, with China having the best of them all, followed by Czech Republic and Switzerland.


On Thursday, the UK spends 7 hrs 17 min on sleep, that’s 11 minutes less than its weekly average.

Happy Middle Eastern Fridays

On Fridays, Middle Eastern users are more likely to sleep longer than any other day of the week.

The UAE, along with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia also experience their best mood on Friday mornings. Consecutively, they reported the latest bedtime on Friday nights.

Countries who sleep the latest on Friday nights are:

• Saudi Arabia: 1:00 am

• Kuwait: 12:47 am

• UAE: 12:39 am

On Saturdays, the world sleeps more and later

Almost 90% of countries sleep more and wake-up later on Saturdays.

Countries that clock in most bed time on Saturday nights are:

• Finland: 8 hours and 2 minutes

• Netherlands: 7 hours and 53 minutes

• United Kingdom: 7 hours and 49 minutes

Countries that wake up the latest on Saturday mornings are:

• Portugal: 9:51 am

• Greece: 9:39 am

• Spain: 9:28 am

Sleep Cycle alarm clock application wakes up users in their lightest sleep phase, resulting in a smooth, non-irritable wakeup. It uses the accelerometer in a phone to track movement patterns and determine which sleep phase users are in.

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