Tuesday, February 23, 2016

CDC STUDY: The Americans Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
CDC study finds Hawaii, Southeast, Appalachia have lowest percentage of adults achieving at least 7 hours of shut-eye
It is no surprise that many Americans don’t get enough sleep. Now, new government data reveal who the sleep-deprived are and where they live.
Hawaii, the southeastern U.S. and states along the Appalachian Mountains have the lowest percentages of adults who get enough shut-eye, while South Dakota and other Great Plains states are the nation’s most well-rested region, according to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said that less than seven hours of sleep a night and other poor sleep habits are linked to health risks. Overall, more than a third of U.S. adults—83.6 million people age 18 and over—aren’t getting enough sleep, the CDC said.
“As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” said Wayne Giles, director of CDC’s division of population health.
Of all the respondents, 11.8% reported getting five hours or less sleep over a 24-hour period, and 23% get six hours.
At the other end of the spectrum, 4.4% sleep nine hours and 3.6% sleep 10 hours or more.
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