Short Sleep in the US

What portion of each county’s adult population is not getting their average of 7 hours of sleep?


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Map showing the counties in the United States that don't get enough sleep.

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We recently looked at the amount of sleep people in Asia and Europe get on average. Today we’re going to look at the United States. Sadly, there is no data on the average amount of sleep on the state or county level. On a national level, Americans are getting an average of 7:19 hours of sleep. Which is meeting the required 7 hours of sleep. Although there is no data on the average amount of sleep on the county level, there is data on the percentage of people that sleep less than 7 hours on average. On this map, we can see this data on the county level.

Straight away we can see a very clear difference between the west and the east of the country. The counties in the west, especially in the Great Plains, have the lowest percentages of people that have short sleep. The same goes for the very north-east (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire) and some parts of Alaska. Population density could be an important factor here.

When it comes to the highest percentages of people with short sleep, four states stand out straight away: Hawaii, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. All four states look very dark blue. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Michigan also are quite dark blue.

The data for this map comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is from 2018. Sadly, the study did not research why people don’t get enough sleep. However, it is likely related to an unhealthy lifestyle and diet.

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