The Deep Sleep & Cities Edition

WARNING: Braggy sleep stats ahead. ⚠️ *Note: Most of you guys who have been on these lists for awhile know that I used to have the WORST sleep habits pretty much on the planet.


Since Feb of this year until now, I have been averaging nearly 3 hours of deep sleep a night (when I was in Thailand my average was 3 hours and 15 mins) [see below].

According to my current sleep tracker of choice, the Oura Ring, “On average, adults spend 15-20% (1-1.5 h) of their total sleep time in deep sleep, the percentage usually decreases with age”.

Which means that thanks to the implementation of a mind blowing number of behavioral, environmental, and psychological changes in my quest to improve my sleep:

I am now getting 2 to 3 times MORE deep sleep than the average adult.

***For a really interesting article on the average deep sleep stats for American fitbit wearers - check out Fitbit analyzed data on 6 billion nights of sleep – with fascinating results. Spoiler alert: The average American (wearing a fitbit) is getting just 1 hour of deep sleep a night.

Reminder: Deep sleep is crucial for immune system repair, secretion of growth hormone, hormone balance, neurodegenerative prevention, and a laundry list of other crucial bodily functions.

HOWEVER, I spotted a trend in my data that my deep sleep does NOT appear to like cities.

I have some strong theories, but I’d like to make this newsletter a bit more interactive before I share them.

Turning the table onto you guys… if you track your sleep (and I hope you are by now!) I’d love to hear your answers to the 3 questions that I am theorizing can make an impact on sleep quality:

Crowdsourcing Questions:

  1. What is your home zip code?
  2. What is your work zip code?
  3. What are your average deep sleep scores?