How Well Does America Sleep?
We’ve all heard that people need at least seven hours of sleep at night. But, do Americans really get a good night’s rest? In a study compiled by Emily Richey, Home.com, it was discovered that many Americans do get an average of 7 hours, 4 minutes repose but this number varies by region and state.
In New York City, the average bedtime is 11:55 pm and, those New Yorkers get an average of 7 hours, 5 minutes slumber per night. This puts their wake-up time at 7 am exactly. It could be speculated that most New Yorkers live close to their workplaces and therefore rising at 7 am makes sense to them. New York City, by the way, has the latest bedtime across all cities studied.
Contrast the latest bedtime in New York with the earliest in Clifton, Arizona. Those folks turn in at 10:35 pm and get an average of 7 hours, 2 minutes shuteye per night. This means that their wake-up time is approximately 5:35 am, quite a difference! It would be interesting to determine whether these people have a much longer commute to work, have different types of jobs that require an early start time or simply like rising early. Regardless of the reasons, both cities get their required amount of slumber.
There are people living in states who do get less than 7 hours of rest per night. Those states are Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota and Maryland. And, while Hawaii averages 7 hours, 4 minutes sleep each evening, 44% of Hawaiians do not get their required amount of shuteye.
It’s interesting to surmise the reasons why some parts of the country are sleeping better than others. If you’re among those getting less than desired, there are some actions you can take to improve sleep quality. Lighting plays a huge role in getting a better night’s rest. If your wake up time is 7 am and the sun comes up at 5 am, it should not be streaming through your window. Blackout curtains will help keep you asleep longer. Likewise for digital equipment. With alarm clocks, computers, and cell phones all aglow, it would be better to move some stuff out of the bedroom and turn down the display on the alarm.
There are many other helpful suggestions on the internet for getting the right amount of zzz’s each night but a simple remedy may be to just get to bed earlier. Americans have a pretty late bedtime, even those living in Clifton, Arizona. Thinking about what people are doing up at 10:30 or even 11:30 pm on a work night when they could be sleeping is another question that needs answering.
Infographic Source: Homes.com http://www.homes.com/blog/2016/12/what-time-does-america-go-to-bed/