South Dakota, Minnesota and Colorado residents are most likely to be getting the daily requirement of seven hours of sleep.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe an adult needs 7 hours of sleep for maximum health benefits. More than half of Americans are getting at least that much sleep a night, according to a new study from the CDCP.
The study reveals the states in the United States where the population are most likely to get their daily sleep requirement, and those states where residents are more likely to be sleep-deprived.
The CDCP interviewed 444,000 Americans by home phone or cell phone and found that 65 percent get more than seven hours of sleep a night. The states where residents are most likely to get at least that much sleep are Minnesota, South Dakota and Colorado. But even in those states, only about 70 percent of adults get the recommended daily amount of sleep.
Factors that seem to correlate with sleep periods include race, obesity and cultural environment, according to Anne Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the CDCP and an author of the study.
“If you look at the state map of obesity and frequent mental distress, you will see similar hot spots,’’ she said. “These are things that can affect sleep.”
According to the CDC report, there is a 12 percent difference between white people and non-Hispanic black people in terms of getting proper sleep, 66 percent to 54 percent. According to Dr. Lauren Hale, a family and preventative medicine professor at Stony Brook University who reacted to the report, non-whites tend to live in more densely populated neighborhoods that are usually noisier and also more brightly lighted. There are similar comparisons based on obvious stress-related factors such as financial well-being and safety, which play into racial differences as well.
The CDC studied this issue in order to express the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to such health issues as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and premature death.
The states with high average sleep rates are all states that have better health reports and generally have lower population densities. More than 70 percent of South Dakota residents reported getting the 7 hours of sleep considered the healthy minimum. On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii had the lowest rate of healthy sleepers at 56.1 percent.
The map of states related to the percentage of citizens who get enough sleep shows that there is a distinct divide. The states west of the Great Lakes report 65 to 69 percent of citizens get enough sleep, while states east of the Great Lakes average 60-64 percent of citizens who get enough sleep. However, the most northern of the northeastern states, like Maine, Vermont and Delaware, report higher percentages of good sleepers.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.