5 Most Sleep Deprived Cities in the USA
Are You Struggling with Sleep Deprivation in These Cities? According to Mattress Firm and SleepScore Labs' new list, these cities are among the worst offenders when it comes to finding good quality sleep in America.
Corpus Christi residents face several health challenges, such as obesity and diabetes, low snore scores and difficulty accessing regular dental care that could identify signs of sleep disorders such as apnea.
1. New York City
New York is often perceived as being an "always on" city; however, its residents actually report less sleep than is recommended by national averages. Most New Yorkers report getting 7-8 hours per night but their sleep quality still lags behind other metro areas in America. Lack of restful slumber could contribute to high stress levels and poor health statistics in New York city.
New Yorkers are notoriously inactive, ranking second on a list of cities with low levels of physical activity. But things may be changing; now more New Yorkers than ever before are seeking group fitness classes such as yoga which has been shown to improve sleep quality.
Oklahoma City may not get as much sleep, but at least its residents don't snore like those living in Philadelphia. Philadelphians have the highest snoring rate - leading to poor restful nights and even health problems from snoring itself - though on the upside they tend to visit their doctor on an ongoing basis, which may help mitigate some of their issues.
2. Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, known for being home to one of the world's largest livestock markets, also hosts many oil, gas, and aviation-related industries that contribute to an energy boom and often leave its residents struggling for sleep.
Though Oklahoma City does not boast an above-average sleep score, its residents do have access to health insurance and are more likely than other cities on this list to eat a nutritious diet. Furthermore, more Oklahoma City residents reported accessing group fitness classes with strength training--which may help improve sleep quality.
Philadelphians may have difficulty sleeping as well, ranking third on the list of cities most affected by insomnia. While work-life balance and social obligations could play a part in sleep deprivation, factors that keep Philadelphians awake include high levels of stress, arthritis, smoking and arthritis--all which negatively impact restful restful slumber. If residents want to improve their restful rest practices they could consider yoga or acupuncture sessions as potential solutions.
Baltimore residents must struggle to get enough rest. Nearly 40% of its residents receive less than an adequate night's rest while also experiencing poor physical health and high levels of stress.
Nashville, Tennessee is another city whose residents are struggling to sleep properly despite having strong work ethics. They may be burdened by excessive debt and stress which contribute to disrupted sleeping patterns.
Columbus, Ohio residents are also struggling to catch enough shuteye. Their city ranks third on the list for sleep deprivation while having higher mental health statistics than Baltimore.
Sacramento residents are also struggling to sleep. A large percentage of residents report never attaining 7-8 hours per night; however, Sacramentoans make up for this by attending group fitness and yoga classes regularly which can help calm their minds and bodies during stressful periods.
Norfolk is the capital of Virginia's Hampton Roads region and sits along Chesapeake Bay. Home to Naval Station Norfolk - an expansive military facility - as well as two maritime museums: Nauticus and Chrysler Museum of Art - it boasts many notable institutions within its boundaries.
Norfolk residents are struggling with stress, obesity and poor mental health - all factors which may contribute to poor sleep. Furthermore, Norfolk has one of the highest incidences of arthritis which further impairs quality sleep as pain-causing joints make restful nights more likely.
Norfolk residents enjoy greater access to physicians than is typical in American cities and a higher proportion of individuals per capita accessed a doctor check-up last year. Regular medical and dental check-ups help prevent and detect conditions like snoring and sleep apnea that interfere with sleeping patterns; thus demonstrating the correlation between physical, mental, and sleep health.
5. New Orleans
New Orleans residents might need more rest; only 40.8 percent sleep the recommended seven hours each night, perhaps due to smoking, obesity and binge drinking among their population.
New Orleans residents also suffer from physical inactivity; 358.8 percent are engaged in no physical activity at all and display poor fitness levels, while New York City scores much better with only 34.2% smoking and 15.6% showing poor diet habits.
Anchorage, Oklahoma and Long Beach residents may enjoy restful slumber with over 41% getting an uninterrupted night's rest every night. Portland and Albuquerque residents appear to be sleeping better as both cities rank highest with regards to sleep quality ratings at 72% each; in Portland this may have something to do with it since two thirds participate in weekly strength training group fitness activities that may help facilitate restful slumber.