Americans on election night lost more than 138 million hours of sleep as they anxiously watched votes become tallied in the contentious race between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
The staggering 138,833,045 hours were reported with Oura Ring, a health tracking device designed by a company in Finland.
Biden was named president-elect on Saturday morning, four days after election night.
A graph showed that the average number of sleep hours slipped to just over 6 1/2 from the usual seven hours. It was a record low for the year so far, according to Oura Ring’s data.
Americans lost 138,833,045 hours of sleep on election night as votes came in for President Trump (left) and Joe Biden (right), who was named president-elect on Saturday
A graphic from Oura Health Oy, the company that owns Oura Rings, showed the drop in hours slept on election night among product users
Pictured: a graphic showed the hours of sleep lost when Daylight Savings time is factored in
Nervous Americans experienced increased heart rates as well.
‘Our hearts were racing, and our average resting heart rates shot up 1.4 bpm—much higher than the predicted average we’d expect for a “normal” Tuesday,’ the post read.
Heart rates spiked over 64bpms, which surpassed the company’s predicted rate of 62bpms.
Pictured: a Oura Ring, which is a health tracking device designed by a company in Finland
American users on the Oura Ring app were also more tense than normal, with data noting a steep 15 per cent increase of the ‘stress’ hashtag and a nine per cent increase of the word ‘anxiety.’
‘The weekend before the election marked the end of daylight savings time, and we were given an extra hour of much needed, and deserved, sleep—but that was short lived,’ the blog post read.
‘Even with that extra hour, the nation’s Sleep Scores plummeted on election night to 76.’
But on Wednesday evening, citizens relaxed again and made up for the lost slumber.
‘We bounced back. Our heads hit the pillows, we got some much deserved sleep, and our total sleep time normalized,’ the post said.
‘Those full nights of sleep worked, and our Sleep Scores rebounded from 76 to 79.’
The data was displayed on a massive New York City billboard this week as part of a partnership with Mischief @ No Fixed Address.
An Oura Health Oy graphic showed the difference in heart rate on election night, which they determined increased to levels usually seen on weekends or holidays
Pictured: Data from Oura’s report was displayed on a large New York City billboard
Greg Hahn, Co-Founder, and CCO at Mischief @ No Fixed Address, added that ‘Right now the country is going through such an emotional and stressful time.’
‘No matter what side of the aisle people are on, we’re all sharing this anxiety. This is a moment to remember that we’re all human, and stress takes a toll on all of us.
‘We wanted to bring Oura’s understanding of overall health to life in a meaningful way.’
On Saturday, Joe Biden was named the next president of the United States at 11.25 a.m. by television networks and the Associated Press – as Donald Trump played golf.
CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call and Fox News followed suit 10 minutes later.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out in major cities as people cheered, danced and honked horns.
But Trump refused to accept the call, claiming Biden was trying to ‘falsely pose’ as the winner, vowing to keep challenging results he claims are a ‘fraud’ and creating the potential for weeks of chaos.
Trump has no immediate plans to invite Biden to an Oval Office meeting, a tradition between outgoing and incoming presidents, CNN reported. Then Barack Obama hosted Trump for such a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, two days after that year’s presidential election.
Votes in Philadelphia pushed Biden’s margin in must-win Pennsylvania to 34,558, more than 0.5%, just after 11am – putting the result in the state beyond doubt. That took him to 273 electoral votes – putting the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House. Less than an hour later Nevada was called by networks, bringing his electoral vote total to 290.
The states of Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina were still to be called. Biden was ahead in all but North Carolina, and if he stays that way he will have 302 electoral college votes, the same as Trump in 2016.
Kamala Harris, his running mate, becomes the first female vice president, and the first black and Asian-American vice president. She was out for a run when the call came.
Biden tweeted: ‘America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.’
HOW TRUMP REACTED
As he golfed, Trump’s campaign issues a lengthy statement:
‘We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
‘Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.
‘So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.’
He issued a statement saying ‘democracy beats deep in the heart of America.’
‘With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.
‘It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.’
But Trump’s campaign issued a statement in Trump’s name claiming Biden was not the winner and that it would fight on with legal efforts to challenge the votes – which so far have badly faltered.
‘We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,’ the statement said.
‘The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.’
In Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden was watching the news at home, cars could be heard honking in celebration.
Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon was spotted by reporters in the lobby of the Westin, adjacent to Biden’s Wilmington headquarters, in a white BIDEN t-shirt. Her mother had called to tell her CNN had called the race. ‘Ecstatic – a great day for this country,’ she said.
On CNN Van Jones, the commentator and former Obama aide, started crying.
The former vice president sealed victory – after capitalizing on the coronavirus and stark disapproval of the president among women and minorities – with a result that was dramatically closer than many experts had predicted, denying him what he hoped would a total rejection of Trumpism.
But on Friday night he had hailed rebuilding the ‘blue wall,’ winning thumping popular vote margins and said he was on his way to more than 300 Electoral College votes.
That added up to a ‘mandate’ he said, name-checking racial equality and climate change as where he will take action in a sign that the Democratic takeover of the White House will be unapologetic in pursuing the party’s agenda.
He still faces an electoral battle to gaining total Democratic control, with two runoff races for both Georgia Senate seats on January, and if he loses it will have to deal with a Republican senate.
There is also the potential for Trump to cause chaos.
His promised legal challenges can be followed by trying to unseat the electors in the Electoral College, then challenging the certification of results on January 6.
It’s over: CNN calls the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris