RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Americans are not getting enough sleep and geography may play a role, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control suggests.
The study shows that North Carolinians and those in the Southeast may be getting less sleep than others in the United States.
Sleep is essential to overall health. The CDC has reviewed the available medical data and determined that the ideal amount of sleep for adults is approximately seven hours per night. Teens need a bit more, and elderly a bit less. Sleep allows our body time to recharge and our brains time to rest and repair.
Hawaii, the southeastern U.S – including North Carolina – and states along the Appalachian Mountains have the lowest percentages of adults who get enough sleep. Those in the Great Plains states are the nation’s most well-rested region, according to the report released last week.
In North Carolina, only 67.7 percent of adults over 18 are getting at least seven hours of sleep per night. The National average is 64 percent.
Sleep deprivation is linked to many negative health events such as obesity, diabetes, mental illness and heart disease. According to the CDC, nearly 83 million Americans over the age of 18 are not getting enough sleep – that’s almost one-third of our adult population.
Some of the health risks of insufficient sleep include:
However, a new study conducted by the government finds that where people live within the U.S. may also play a role in inadequate sleep. In the study, nearly 450,000 subjects were surveyed via telephone about sleep habits. The study found that whites and Hispanics sleep more than Hawaiians, Native Americans and African Americans. Those that are employed, have college degrees, and are married also tended to get more sleep. The unemployed and those with less education, as well as those who are divorced or single, get less rest.
Here are some tips for better sleep:
–Turn off TVs, computers and mobile devices when time for bed
–Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
–Avoid big meals prior to bedtime
–Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed