Which States Have the Worst Sleep Quality?
Where in the U.S. are people more likely to get a bad night’s sleep?
According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Sleep Foundation, “hotspots” for poor sleep are Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia.
Researchers surveyed 432,000 people on how many days in the past 30 days they felt they didn’t get enough sleep or rest. Overall, the CDC identified 84 different “hotspots” in America–counties where sleep is hard to come by, as well as 45 “coldspots” where getting quality sleep doesn’t seem to be an issue.
States with more coldspots included Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina.
Researchers say the results don’t provide a clear explanation for the different sleeping habits in hotspots and coldspots, but suggested that the patterns may be due to financial constraints, job markets, and poor help.
Compared to the 1960’s, when Americans typically averaged 8.5 hours of sleep, researchers say that the amount and quality of sleep have continued to decline in recent decades.
Sleep deprivation, say experts, can cause poor concentration, slower reflexes, and increased risk of car accidents. Poor sleep in the long term has also been found to contribute to risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and weight gain.