Ever own a Jawbone fitness tracker? If so you might have been swept up in the (now-defunct) company’s 2014 user survey of sleep and exercise patterns.
Using anonymous data collected from hundreds of thousands of people in 29 countries, the company looked at, among other things, user bed and wake-up times. The result? Brisbane was the earliest-rising city in the world, with the average Brisbanite rising at 6.35am. We were also the first to hit the sack, at 10.54pm.
But it makes sense. In the middle of summer, Brisbane, squeezed towards the leading edge of its time zone, witnesses sunrise at 4.49am (with light creeping across the sky much earlier again) and sunset at 6.42pm. That compares to Melbourne’s longest day, when the sun rises at 5.54am and sets at 8.42pm; and Sydney, which sees the sun emerge at 5.41am and set at 8.05pm.