The concept of a sleepy Southern town isn’t very far from the truth, evidently.
A new analysis of federal health statistics has found residents of Southern states suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast report the fewest sleep-related problems.
The findings, published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, are based on an analysis of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the sleep patterns of 157,319 people.
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania used the CDC information to create the first state-by-state sleep maps for the United States.
"Sleep disturbance is a major public health concern. However, geographic dispersion of sleep problems, and the factors that may play a role in why some states or regions get better sleep, have been largely unexplored," said lead Penn researcher Michael A. Grandner. "Our study generated the first sleep maps for the U.S. that include data on sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue across most of the country."
Among the study’s findings, state residents reporting the most sleep problems live in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia.