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The Most Sleep Deprived States

The Most Sleep Deprived States

The Most Sleep Deprived States
November 19
14:18 2015

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Sabrina Perry

Article Highlights

  • The state of New York only ranks as the 16th most sleep deprived state
  • Getting a good night’s rest contributes to productivity, health, and overall well-being
  • With an increasingly obese populous, the U.S. has also seen an increase in sleep apnea incidences. With this disorder, breathing is repeatedly interrupted, leading to fragmented sleep and oxygen starvation

With its flashing lights, abundance of coffee, and incessant “hustle and bustle,” New York City is aptly known as “the city that never sleeps.” But ironically, the state of New York only ranks as the 16th most sleep deprived state. There are 15 states catching even fewer “z”s.

Though little is known about the exact purpose of sleep, everyone agrees that it’s vitally important. Getting a good night’s rest contributes to productivity, health, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, insufficient sleep is an increasingly widespread issue. The Centers for Disease Control even deemed insufficient sleep a public health concern. On average, adults need seven to eight hours, but according to data from 2005-2007, 30 percent of adults reported an average of six or fewer hours per night. With consistently inadequate sleep, people are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as depression, hypertension and diabetes.

With an increasingly obese populous, the U.S. has also seen an increase in sleep apnea incidences. With this disorder, breathing is repeatedly interrupted, leading to fragmented sleep and oxygen starvation — thus causing sleep deprivation even if a person thinks they’re logging a solid eight hours.

According to the data, this relationship between obesity and poor sleep is well established and holds up on a national level. And, since obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, these three factors are all highly correlated. States with higher levels of obesity and diabetes are generally among the most sleep deprived.

To investigate these trends, the experts at HealthGrove gathered data from the CDC to find the 20 most sleep deprived states and see at how their obesity and diabetes rates compare.

#20. Nevada

Nevada is ranked 20th for sleep deprivation, with 28.1% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 8.5% and an obesity rate of 26.2%, ranking 41st in the country for obesity and 28th for diabetes.

#19. Georgia

Georgia is ranked 19th for sleep deprivation, with 28.3% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.7% and an obesity rate of 30.3%, ranking 18th in the country for obesity and 15th for diabetes.

#18. Maryland

Maryland is ranked 18th for sleep deprivation, with 28.4% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.3% and an obesity rate of 28.3%, ranking 29th in the country for obesity and 19th for diabetes.

#17. Arkansas

Arkansas is ranked 17th for sleep deprivation, with 28.4% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.6% and an obesity rate of 34.6%, ranking third in the country for obesity and 17th for diabetes.

#16. New York

New York is ranked 16th for sleep deprivation, with 28.5% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 8.9% and an obesity rate of 25.4%, ranking 43rd in the country for obesity and 22nd for diabetes.

#15. North Carolina

North Carolina is ranked 15th for sleep deprivation, with 28.7% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.8% and an obesity rate of 29.4%, ranking 25th in the country for obesity and 13th for diabetes.

#14. Utah

Utah is ranked 13th for sleep deprivation, with 28.7% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 6.5% and an obesity rate of 24.1%, ranking 46th in the country for obesity and 49th for diabetes.

#13. Louisiana

Louisiana is ranked 13th for sleep deprivation, with 28.7% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.3% and an obesity rate of 33.1%, ranking sixth in the country for obesity and eighth for diabetes.

#12. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is ranked 12th for sleep deprivation, with 28.8% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.3% and an obesity rate of 30%, ranking 19th in the country for obesity and eighth for diabetes.

#11. Florida

Florida is ranked 11th for sleep deprivation, with 28.9% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.4% and an obesity rate of 26.4%, ranking 37th in the country for obesity and sixth for diabetes.

#10. Indiana

Indiana is ranked 10th for sleep deprivation, with 29.2% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.8% and an obesity rate of 31.8%, ranking ninth in the country for obesity and 13th for diabetes.

#9. Ohio

Ohio is ranked ninth for sleep deprivation, with 29.3% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.1% and an obesity rate of 30.4%, ranking 16th in the country for obesity and 10th for diabetes.

#8. Delaware

Delaware is ranked seventh for sleep deprivation, with 29.4% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 8.7% and an obesity rate of 31.1%, ranking 12th in the country for obesity and 23rd for diabetes.

#7. Mississippi

Mississippi is ranked seventh for sleep deprivation, with 29.4% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 12.4% and an obesity rate of 35.1%, ranking first in the country for obesity and second for diabetes.

#6. Alabama

Alabama is ranked sixth for sleep deprivation, with 29.7% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 13.2% and an obesity rate of 32.4%, ranking eighth in the country for obesity and first for diabetes.

#5. Missouri

Missouri is ranked fifth for sleep deprivation, with 29.7% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 9.4% and an obesity rate of 30.4%, ranking 16th in the country for obesity and 18th for diabetes.

#4. Oklahoma

Oklahoma is ranked fourth for sleep deprivation, with 30.9% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.4% and an obesity rate of 32.5%, ranking seventh in the country for obesity and sixth for diabetes.

#3. Tennessee

Tennessee is ranked third for sleep deprivation, with 31.4% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 11.3% and an obesity rate of 33.7%, ranking fourth in the country for obesity and fourth for diabetes.

#2. Kentucky

Kentucky is ranked second for sleep deprivation, with 34.9% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 10.0% and an obesity rate of 33.2%, ranking fifth in the country for obesity and 12th for diabetes.

#1. West Virginia

West Virginia is ranked first for sleep deprivation, with 37% of adults not getting enough sleep. It has a diabetes rate of 11.7% and an obesity rate of 35.1%, ranking first in the country for obesity and third for diabetes.


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