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    Most Sleepy, Best Rested States

    West Virginians Sleepiest, Hawaiians Best Rested
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    WebMD Health News
    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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    Although sleep is crucial for optimal health, some research suggests that sleeping too much can also 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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    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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