The normal time to get to work? Earlier than average in Minneapolis


When it comes to sleeping in, Minneapolitans are ... well, not very good at it.

The average time someone arrives to work in Minneapolis is 7:54 a.m., the data website FiveThirtyEight discovered. That's one minute earlier than the national average of 7:55 a.m.

And of the 35 metro areas with the largest number of workers, FiveThirtyEight has Minneapolis tied (with Indianapolis) for eighth-earliest. Out of the Midwest cities listed, the two are actually tied for the earliest average start time.

The site dug a tiny bit deeper into Minneapolis work habits, finding 25 percent of the workforce is in by 7 a.m.; 75 percent of workers are in by about 9:15 a.m. Both are on the early side compared to large Midwest counterparts.

That doesn't compare to the earliest time though, as FiveThirtyEight found. The Hinesville, Georgia metro area is getting the most worms, with the average worker clocking in at 7:01 a.m. (FiveThirtyEight notes there is a strong military career presence there, similar to some of the other earliest-working spots.)

The city with the latest average work arrival time? New York, a whole half an hour later than Minneapolis at 8:24 a.m.

But while some Minnesota residents may get to work before other, they might also bolt for the exits earlier too.

The Houston Chronicle measured the average work week for the 25 biggest metropolitan areas, and it found Minneapolis-St. Paul had the fifth-shortest at 33.9 hours. The Philadelphia area had the lowest, at 33.4 hours; Louisiana's Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux topped the list with a 43.1-hour average work week.

If you find yourself tired most days, or maybe just unable to fall asleep when you lay your head down at night, there could be a compelling culprit: TV.

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed Americans spent an average of 2.8 hours per day watching television when participating in leisure time in 2012. And that, according to a 2014 report, could be keeping them up.

The Huffington Post reported on a new survey, which showed 82 percent of people who admit to binge-watching – blowing through multiple episodes of a TV show in a row, usually via a streaming service such as Hulu or Netflix – end up staying awake later than intended.

That, Slate said, could be screwing up our internal clocks because of the lit-up screen. Eyes help regulate sleep cycles by allowing light to reach a small part of the brain called the hypothalamus, Slate explained. When the hypothalamus doesn't receive as many light signals at night, it tells the brain to produce a sleepy-inducing chemical. Screens derail that process, allowing light to reach the hypothalamus even when it's dark out – tricking your brain into thinking its internal clock is off, and making you sleep longer in the morning, the site said.

So watching Don Draper deal with the changing culture of the 1960s on "Mad Men" until 2 a.m. might not be helping you.

And unlike the New York-based Draper, you might live in Minneapolis – which means you need to be to work (relatively) bright and early.

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