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March 31, 2016

Dear Data Two | Week 48: Sleep

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For week 48 of Dear Data, Giorgia and Stefanie focused on eavesdropping. Tuesday came along and I had no data. So I reached out to Jeff and he was struggling with the topic as well. We punted and decided to look at our sleep. We hadn’t had this as a focus yet, so off we went.

The data collection for me was pretty simple. I logged into my Fitbit account and downloaded all of my sleep data since Dear Data Two started. I complain about my sleep to Beth on a regular basis and she’s convinced that I don’t sleep well because I think too much about not sleeping well and overanalyze my sleep data. Surely there’s some bit of truth in there, I mean, wife knows best, right?

Here’s what I learned this week:

  1. I need to get more sleep.
  2. Tableau conferences are absolutely horrific on my sleep (and I know I’m not the only one).
  3. Sleeping while on transcontinental flights will always result in poor sleep efficiency.
  4. I rarely ever hit my sleep goal during the week. Clearly I need to get to bed earlier since I wake up early.

Below you can walk through my analysis and see my postcard. Enjoy!

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