We’re sure that you’ve all had some restless nights between the heat, pandemic, and state of the city. But where exactly does Washington rank among the states getting the most sleep in the nation? Well, 24/7 Wall St is here with the answer and it might just surprise you.
It turns out that around 31.8% of Washington residents over the age of 18 reported less than 7 hours of sleep per night. That puts us in 44th place, which in this case is a good thing, as 35.2% of Americans across the country reported insufficient sleep.
But that’s not all, the study also showed that 29.5% of Washington residents report having high blood pressure (41st place) as compared to the national average of 32.9%. And also that about 9.3% of Washington’s population 20 and over have diabetes, (39th place) as compared to a national diabetes prevalence in people 20 and over of 10.5%. Not too shabby Washington, not too shabby.
At this point, it’s well documented that low levels of sleep can lead to all sorts of health issues like obesity. Washington reported about 28.6% of adults in Washington as obese (33rd place) as compared to the national obesity rate among adults of 29.7%. With all this extra data though you’re probably wondering why do Washingtonians sleep so well?
It turns out one of the answers could be income. Low-income levels increase stress which then decreases sleep. And Washington just so happens to have 9.8% of residents living below the poverty line (41st place) as compared to the national average of 12.3%. So you can rest easy tonight knowing that Washingtonians are getting their sleep.
Now we know that you probably want to know who isn’t getting sleep. Turns out Hawaii, West Virginia, and Kentucky are the top three states with the lowest levels of sleep. Who would’ve thought Hawaii? If you’d like to see all the data you can click here to read more.