Curious how you stack up compared to the rest of the WHOOP population? We explore “what’s typical” for all aspects of your data, from average time in bed to recovery norms by day of the week. It’s all broken down based on the three pillars of WHOOP, recovery, strain and sleep.
Starting with the basics, the average daily recovery for WHOOP members is 58%. That number peaks at the beginning of the work week, then dips gradually as the week progresses. Females generally have slightly higher recoveries than males do (about 1%), and even more so on weekends (roughly 2%):
A major contributor to your daily recovery is heart rate variability (HRV). The average HRV for WHOOP members is 64 ms, but it is a metric that fluctuates significantly. Below you can see ranges for the middle 50% of people based on age (HRV usually declines as you get older):
And finally, the last metric we use to calculate recovery (other than sleep, more on that to come) is respiratory rate, your average breaths per minute while sleeping. For most WHOOP members this is between 13 and 18:
It’s also worth noting the impact of strain on next-day recovery. The graphic that follows shows the decrease in average daily recovery in relation to increased strain the day before. For example, spanning everyone who had a 15 strain yesterday, their average recovery today was just shy of 56%:
The average day strain for WHOOP members is about 11.0 on our 0-21 scale (it dropped due to COVID restrictions, but is now starting to rise again). For the most part, older people take on less strain than younger people:
Below are the 10 activities most frequently logged in the WHOOP app, and the average strain accrued for each (duration is not factored in, which is why something like golf, which people often play for several hours, may be higher than expected):
To better account for exercise intensity, here are the average strains for 1 hour of each of the same 10 activities (keep in mind workouts like running and cycling people regularly do continuously for an entire hour, but with weightlifting and functional fitness they usually take breaks):
WHOOP members average 8:02 in bed each night, and sleep for 7:11 of that time. This chart displays the distribution of bed and wake times:
Time in bed increases on the weekends, even though recovery drops (discussed above):
Here is a percentage breakdown of average time spent in the 4 stages of sleep:
REM sleep, in particular, tends to decrease with age:
The daily “sleep performance” metric you see in the app every morning represents the percentage of sleep you actually got in relation to your sleep need. Our members’ typical sleep performance is 82%:
This results in an average nightly sleep debt of 43 minutes.