This Is the Most Sleep-Deprived State in the U.S.

Charlie Duerr
·3 mins read

You know that getting the proper amount of sleep every night is important to your personal health, but did you know that insufficient sleep is considered a threat to public health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? In fact, according to April 2020 data from the CDC, more than a third of adults in the United States report regularly getting less than the recommended seven hours minimum of sleep a night. This is despite the fact that lack of sleep has been linked to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression.

What's more, individuals who reside in certain parts of the country seem to be more prone to getting an insufficient amount of rest than those who live elsewhere. For its annual America's Health Rankings report, the United Health Foundation (UHF) gathered data from more than 30 sources—ranging from accredited survey organizations to government agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau and the CDC—to determine the health status of every state in the country. As part of that report, the UHF highlighted the percentage of adults in each state that reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on average. Based on their findings, here are the 10 most sleep-deprived states in the country right now. And to set the record straight when it comes to your shut-eye, check out 25 Myths About Sleep That Are Keeping You Up at Night.

10

Georgia

georgia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
georgia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 38.0 percent

And to see where your place of residence measures up in terms of physical well-being, check out Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest.

9

Virginia

virginia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
virginia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 38.0 percent

8

Alabama

Alabama state illustration
Alabama state illustration

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 38.6 percent

And to see if your state is more unhappy than most, check out These Are the Saddest States in the U.S.

7

New York

new york
new york

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 38.6 percent

And if your state isn't one of the saddest, maybe it fell on the other end of the spectrum. To find out, check out These Are the Happiest States in the U.S.

6

Michigan

michigan U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
michigan U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 39.0 percent

And to see what the life expectancy is where you live, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

5

Ohio

ohio U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
ohio U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 39.7 percent

4

Tennessee

tennessee
tennessee

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 40.0 percent

3

Kentucky

kentucky U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
kentucky U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 41.1 percent

2

West Virginia

west virginia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
west virginia U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 41.4 percent

1

Hawaii

hawaii U.S. state 1990s-era news stories
hawaii U.S. state 1990s-era news stories

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night: 42.9 percent

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