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Most Sleepy, Best Rested States

West Virginians Sleepiest, Hawaiians Best Rested
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Oct. 29, 2009 -- Who are the sleepiest Americans?

The results of a 2008 CDC poll are in. The dubious honor goes to West Virginia, where nearly one in five residents report never getting enough rest or sleep in the past month.

Overall, people living in the Southeastern states were most likely to say they get too little sleep.

On the other hand, the best rested Americans live on island territories and the state of Hawaii. Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are most likely to say they got plenty of sleep or rest in the past month.

Although geography played a role, so did other factors.

  • Too little sleep or rest every day in the past month was more commonly reported by:
  • People aged 25 to 34 (13.8%) vs. people aged 65 or older (7.4%)
  • Non-Hispanic blacks (13.3%) vs. non-Hispanic whites (11.2%)
  • Women (12.4%) vs. men (9.9%)
  • People with less than a high school education (14.3%) vs. people with some college education (9.6%)
  • Divorced, widowed, or separated people (16%) vs. married people (11.1%) or unmarried people living together (12.1%)
  • People unable to work (25.8%) vs. employed people (9.9%) or even unemployed people (13.9%)

The CDC poll was part of the huge Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In 2008, a national sample of 403,981 U.S. residents were asked, "During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?"

Here are the state-by-state results. Rankings were added by WebMD; the CDC does not rank states. The data appear in the Oct. 30 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This list ranks the states from most sleepy to least sleepy:

 

STATE

Rank

30 days poor sleep

 in last month (%)

West Virginia

1

19.3

Tennessee

2

14.8

Kentucky

3

14.4

Oklahoma

4

14.3

Puerto Rico

5

14.0

Florida

6

13.5

Georgia

7

13.4

Missouri

7

13.4

Alabama

8

13.2

Mississippi

9

13.1

Louisiana

10

13.0

North Carolina

10

13.0

New Jersey

11

12.8

Arkansas

12

12.3

South Carolina

13

12.0

Delaware

14

11.9

Massachusetts

15

11.8

Texas

15

11.8

Arizona

16

11.5

South Dakota

16

11.5

Guam

17

11.4

Indiana

17

11.4

Ohio

17

11.4

Pennsylvania

18

11.3

Iowa

19

11.1

Maine

19

11.1

Nevada

19

11.1

Rhode Island

20

10.9

Kansas

21

10.8

Michigan

21

10.8

New York

21

10.8

New Mexico

22

10.6

Connecticut

23

10.4

Maryland

24

10.1

Wyoming

24

10.1

Minnesota

25

10.0

Montana

26

9.9

New Hampshire

26

9.9

Virginia

26

9.9

Washington

26

9.9

Hawaii

27

9.8

Illinois

27

9.8

Vermont

28

9.7

U.S. Virgin Islands

29

9.6

Alaska

30

9.4

Colorado

31

9.2

Utah

31

9.2

Nebraska

32

9.0

Idaho

33

8.9

Oregon

34

8.8

Wisconsin

35

8.6

District of Columbia

36

8.5

California

37

8.0

North Dakota

38

7.4

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Since you usually get less sleep, please talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns. Poor quality sleep can affect many areas of your life and health, and your doctor may be able to help you if you have difficulty sleeping or have insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Learn more about the health consequences of sleep loss. If you're concerned about having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, assess your risk for a sleep disorder.

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Although sleep is crucial for optimal health, some research suggests that sleeping too much can have negative consequences. Learn more about sleep. If you're concerned about having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much, assess your risk for a sleep disorder.

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Since you usually get less sleep, please talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns. Poor quality sleep can affect many areas of your life and health, and your doctor may be able to help you if you have insomnia, another sleep disorder, or conditions affecting your sleep.

Learn more about the health consequences of sleep loss. If you're concerned about having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, assess your risk for a sleep disorder.

It's wonderful that you got a good night's sleep last night. Many people struggle to do so. Having a good sleep routine often is the key to getting the quality sleep night after night that your body needs for optimal health.

Since you usually get less sleep, talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns. Poor quality sleep can affect many areas of your life and health, and your doctor may be able to help you if you have insomnia or another sleep disorder or conditions affecting your sleep.

Learn more about the health consequences of sleep loss. If you're concerned about having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, assess your risk for a sleep disorder.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Effect of short sleep duration on daily activities--United States, 2005-2008. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2011; 60:239.

Carskadon, MA, Dement, WC. Normal Human Sleep: An Overview. In: Principles and Practices of Sleep Medicine, Fifth, Kryger, MH, Roth, et al. (Eds), Elsevier Saunders, St. Louis, MO 2011. p.16.

Harvard University: "Sleep, Performance, and Public Safety."

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