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Where does Chicago rank in sleep deprived cities?

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  • Residents in the Chicago area average 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night, quite a bit less than residents in Melbourne, Australia, which average 7 hours and 5 minutes.

      Residents in the Chicago area average 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night, quite a bit less than residents in Melbourne, Australia, which average 7 hours and 5 minutes.
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Feeling tired this week? It might be more than your imagination.

People who live in metropolitan areas like Chicago, on average, get less sleep, according to new statistics compiled by fitness company Jawbone.

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Chicago residents get an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep at night (that's 50 more minutes than I got last night). Experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.

Unfortunately, our bragging rights end there. Out of the 21 cities measured, Chicago falls smack-dab in the middle. The city that gets the least sleep? If you guessed New York, you'd be wrong. It's Vegas, with 6 hours and 32 minutes of sleep. The city with the most is Orlando, land of the vacationing families, with 6 hours and 56 minutes of sleep.

If 6 minutes doesn't seem like a big difference between Chicago and Orlando average sleep times, think of it this way: The average person in the U.S. lives 27,375 days, so that adds up to 164,250 minutes, 2,737 hours, of sleep in a lifetime. It adds up.

When you compare us to the rest of the world, we're farther down the scale. Residents in Melbourne, Australia sleep an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes a night. Tokyo residents log the least sleep at just 5 hours 44 minutes.

For more info and interactive graphics, see Jawbone's blog at jawbone.com/blog/jawbone-up-data-by-city/. Jawbone is a fitness bracelet that logs users sleep and activity patterns.

If we're not sleeping, are we at least moving? A bit. Chicago residents are averaging 7,923 steps a day, or about 4 miles.

Top cities in world with most sleep

1. Melbourne: 6:58

2. London: 6:54

3. Denver: 6:54

4. Paris: 6:54

5. Brisbane: 6:51

Top cities in world with least sleep

1. Tokyo: 5:44

2. Seoul: 6:01

3. Dubai: 6:14

4. Singapore: 6:14

5. Mexico City: 6:33

Cities in U.S., ranked by sleep

1. Las Vegas: 6 hr, 32 min sleep; 7003 steps

2. Los Angeles: 6 hr, 41 min sleep; 7242 steps

3. Miami: 6 hr, 43 min sleep; 6734 steps

4. New York: 6 hr, 47 min sleep; 8704 steps

5. Atlanta: 6 hr, 48 min sleep; 7009 steps

6. Phoenix: 6 hr, 48 min sleep; 6768 steps

7. San Jose, Calif: 6 hr, 48 min sleep; 7146 steps

8. San Francisco: 6 hr, 49 min sleep; 7965 steps

9. Houston: 6 hr, 49 min sleep; 6768 steps

10. Chicago: 6 hr, 50 min sleep; 7923 steps

11. Boston: 6 hr, 50 min sleep; 8471 steps

12. Washington DC: 6 hr, 51 min sleep; 8262 steps

13. Charlotte, NC: 6 hr, 51 min sleep; 7010 steps

14. San Antonio: 6 hr, 52 min sleep; 6787 steps

15. Seattle: 6 hr, 53 min sleep; 7678 steps

16. San Diego: 6 hr, 54 min sleep; 7284 steps

17. Dallas: 6 hr, 54 min sleep; 6910 steps

18. Denver: 6 hr, 54 min sleep; 7481 steps

19. Austin, Tx: 6 hr, 54 min sleep; 6823 steps

20. Minneapolis: 6 hr, 54 min sleep; 7583 steps

21. Orlando: 6 hr, 56 min sleep; 7143 steps

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