For optimal health, productivity, and daytime alertness, experts recommend that we get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. On New Year's Eve, however, we tend to ignore any health-related advice. Even as our eyelids start getting heavy, we fight the urge to sleep. Must stay up. It's almost midnight. Who am I gonna smooch?
Well, according to Jawbone, how late we stay up depends on the country — and city — we live in. The blog looked at when people around the world went to bed and woke up during 2014, based on anonymized data collected by one million users of the Jawbone UP activity tracker. Their graphic reveals that the things that cause us to lose the most sleep, on average, are sporting events, time changes, and holidays.
But among all those major events, New Year's Eve takes the cake. For every country analyzed, there is a dramatic spike in sleep disruption on that debaucherous night.
If you're looking to party, head over to Europe or South America. Go to Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, Chile, or Spain, and you'll stay out until the wee hours of the morning — likely dancing.
If you're more tempted by a bed than a club, China and Israel are your ideal destinations. They're the first to fall asleep out of all the countries. But keep in mind they have their own New Year's traditions at different times in the year: Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashanah.
As crazy as you may think the U.S. gets on New Year's Eve, about 30% of the country is asleep by midnight — which is predominately on the west coast. So if you're trying to stay out later, get closer to the most famous (or infamous) New Year's Eve party, in Times Square. New Yorkers will always be up to watch the ball drop.
Here are the cities that stayed up the latest on New Year's Eve 2013 worldwide: