Southerners Sleep the Worst

Where you live in the U.S. may affect how well you sleep. When researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania put together a State-by-State map of sleeplessness, they found that residents of Southern States suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast generally report the least amount of problems. The results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

“The take-home message from this study is that different regions of the country sleep better than others,” says research associate Dr. Michael A. Grandner. “We should begin to use this data to track patterns of poor sleep and try to understand why these patterns occur. Sleep is such an important part of overall health, we need to do everything we can to help give a good night’s sleep to those in the highest-risk regions.”

The states that get the worst sleep are: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia. Continue reading