Table 1
On average men sleep less than women across most demographic categories

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  Both sexes Men Women
minutes (480 minutes =  8 hours)
Average
492
487
498*
Children under 15 years old
No children †
498
491
503*
1 child
481ª
476ª
486ª
2 or more children
473ª
466ª
478ª
Age
15 to 24
522ª
517ª
527ª
25 to 39 †
485
483
487
40 to 59
480
472
487*
60 and over
500ª
491
508ª*
Marital Status
Married (includes common-law) †
485
478
493*
Widowed
502ª
487
506ª
Separated or divorced
484
485
484
Single (never married)
509ª
506ª
513ª
Time crunch index of time stress related questions
Low
505ª
499ª
511ª*
Medium †
489
485
494*
High
476ª
464ª
486ª*
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
No †
495
489
502*
Yes
486ª
479ª
492ª*
Do you consider yourself a workaholic?
No †
498
493
503*
Yes
477ª
470ª
484ª*
Do you feel trapped in a daily routine?
No †
495
491
499*
Yes
488ª
478ª
496*
Do you feel constantly under stress?
No †
499
493
505*
Yes
481ª
472ª
487ª*
When you need more time, do you tend to cut back on your sleep?
No †
498
492
505*
Yes
486ª
481ª
491ª*
Exercised
No †
493
487
499*
Yes
483
485
480ª
Shift work
Daytime schedule †
481
474
488*
Other
488
482
495
Personal Income ($)
0 to 19,999
510ª
509ª
510ª
20,000 to 39,999 †
484
484
485
40,000 to 59,999
473ª
472
476
60,000 or more
470ª
466ª
479
Paid work (minutes)
None
507ª
505
508ª
1 to 240 †
493
498
488
241 to 420
490
477
500
421 to 540
478ª
473ª
484
541 and over
452ª
450ª
455ª
Commute time for workers (minutes)
1 to 30 †
483
475
491*
31 to 60
476
472
482
60 and over
461ª
451ª
474ª*
Day of week
Sunday to Thursday †
486
480
493*
Friday
505ª
506ª
505
Saturday
510ª
503ª
516ª
† Reference group.
* Statistically significant difference from men at p<0.05.
ª Statistically significant difference from the reference group at p<0.05.
Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 2005.
Table source: Hurst, M. (2008). Who gets any sleep these days? Sleep patterns of Canadians. Canadian Social Trends, 85, Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 11-008-XWE.