Most Sleepy, Best Rested States

West Virginians Sleepiest, Hawaiians Best Rested

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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

Continued

This list ranks states from best rested to least rested:

STATE

Rank

0 Days Poor Sleep

in last month (%)

Puerto Rico

1

50.7

Guam

2

46.1

Hawaii

3

35.6

U.S. Virgin Islands

4

35.5

Louisiana

5

35.0

Florida

6

33.5

New Mexico

7

33.2

Arizona

8

32.9

California

8

32.9

South Carolina

9

32.7

Texas

9

32.7

Mississippi

10

32.4

Alaska

11

32.2

New Jersey

11

32.2

South Dakota

11

32.2

Tennessee

12

32.0

North Carolina

13

31.9

District of Columbia

14

31.4

Colorado

15

31.2

Nevada

16

30.8

Oklahoma

16

30.8

Kansas

17

30.4

Iowa

18

30.2

Massachusetts

18

30.2

Alabama

19

30.1

Pennsylvania

20

29.8

Rhode Island

21

29.6

Idaho

22

29.5

Virginia

22

29.5

Minnesota

23

29.4

North Dakota

23

29.4

Maine

24

29.3

Nebraska

25

29.2

Arkansas

26

29.1

Washington

27

29.0

Georgia

28

28.9

Indiana

28

28.9

Delaware

29

28.7

New York

29

28.7

Maryland

30

28.6

Michigan

30

28.6

Wyoming

30

28.6

Connecticut

31

28.5

Montana

32

28.4

Oregon

32

28.4

Wisconsin

33

28.0

Missouri

34

27.6

New Hampshire

34

27.6

West Virginia

34

27.6

Vermont

35

27.3

Ohio

36

27.1

Illinois

37

26.7

Kentucky

38

26.0

Utah

39

25.6

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on October 29, 2009

Sources

SOURCE:

CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 30, 2009; vol 58: pp 1175-1179.

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