A new study has found that more than thirty-three percent of adults in the United Stated are getting enough sleep.
The new study – conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – was based on survey in which more than 440,000 Americans took part. The results showed that more than thirty-five percent of the study participants said that they usually slept less than seven hours per night.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults between the ages of eighteen and sixty should get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Too little sleep may lead to an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, mental distress, and heart disease, the CDC stated.
The percentage of people, who slept at least seven hour per night, differed from state to state. It ranged from fifty-six percent in Hawaii to about seventy-two percent in South Dakota, the researchers found.
A higher percentage of people who got a healthy amount of sleep appeared to be present in states from the Great Plains, such as Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Nebraska, Montana, and Idaho.
On the other end of the spectrum, states like New York, West Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia – which are located along the Appalachian Mountains and in the Southeast – had a lower percentage of people getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, compared with the national average.
Seventy-two percent of people with college degrees said that they got a healthy amount of sleep, compared with sixty-eight percent of people who only had a high school diploma, according to the study.
Moreover, the researchers also found that sixty-five percent of people who were employed said that they slept at least seven hour per night, compared with sixty percent of people who were unemployed.
Some tips for getting better sleep at night – recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – include: removing electronic devices, like laptops, TVs, cell phones, computers, from the bedroom; having a quiet, not too cold and hot, dark sleep environment; avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and large meals before bedtime. Doctors could also educate their patients about the importance of healthy sleep, the CDC added.
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