Garmin data shows your best night sleeps are behind you

And none of us are getting enough rest
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Garmin has revealed some key highlights of its user sleep data – and like the Apple study this week, finds that almost none of us are getting good enough sleep.

Rather than scathing us for not getting our 7-9 hours, Garmin has highlighted how poor the average user’s Garmin sleep scores are. 

That’s generated from the advanced sleep tracking found on Garmin wearables with Firstbeat sleep algorithms (which is pretty much all of them). 

Of course, sleep duration is the major factor here, and you can’t get a good sleep score without hitting a recommended amount of sleep.

But other external factors will also affect your sleep scores, such as alcohol, screen time, and exercise – so it is a more well-rounded look at sleep quality, if slightly opaque.

So what did we find out?

Well according to Garmin, only 5% of users get 90-100% sleep scores, which is a little reassuring from a personal perspective. 

Garminsleep age data

But more people got poor (29% get 50-60%) than good (26% get 80-90%), and that’s pretty surprising. 

And it’s extra surprising given that Garmin has a more active, and prosumer userbase, that might be expected to be spending more time on their recovery.

In the Whoop end-of-year results, we were firmly in the lower percentages for sleep, with all those PGA professionals and Crossfitters getting their 8 hours. It seems Garmin users aren’t quite as diligent.

The rest of the data didn’t produce many surprises. Women slept slightly better (69 vs 67).

But one interesting piece of data was the extent to which sleep quality drops off as we get older (see graph above). So just take a moment to realize that your best sleep is behind you.

And on that note – have a restful weekend.


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James Stables


James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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