Lack of sleep has been connected to any number of physical and emotional problems from heart disease to depression. Yet, something so simple as allowing your body to adequately recharge continues to be elusive to the majority of Americans.
If you think you’re the only one counting sheep, you are not alone. It turns out some cities are more sleepless than others, and Seattle doesn’t even crack the top 10.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance was analyzed by SleepBetter.org and Carpenter Co. The CDC study polled 188,795 participants from across the country, and ranked the average number of days per month that participants reported inadequate sleep, the percentage of respondents with inadequate sleep more than half of the time.
So, who is burning the midnight oil? Residents of Charleston, West Virginia say they spend an average of 10.5 days per month without getting enough sleep, and 27.5% of the cities residents who were polled say they spend wakeful nights more than half of the time.
Coming in at number 100, Greenbay/Appleton, Wisconsin is the most restful city to be ranked in the study. Residents report to get a good night’s sleep all but 6.9 days of the month, and only 14.1% report insomnia more than half of the time.
The top ten most sleepless cities include:
- Charleston, W. Va.
- Knoxville, Tenn.
- Paducah, Ky.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Madison, Wis.
- Tri Cities, Tn.-Va.
- Columbus, Ohio
- Tulsa, Okla.
- Savannah, Ga.
- Springfield, Mo.
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