Forget sleepless in Seattle—Westerners are getting better sleep than their Southern cousins.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mapped out sleep problems in the U.S. A clear pattern emerged: Compared to the West, Southern states are more likely to report fatigue during the day and sleep disturbance at night. Sleep disturbances disturb your heath and beauty—so the West must be more beautiful than the South.
Here’s one reason why: Sleep problems rob your brain and bodies’ precious restoration time. You see it when you can’t get rid of those sunken eyes and circles come morning. Getting great sleep actually has the reverse effect—clocking seven hours of quality sleep a night can turn back the clock by three years.
Why might people be sleeping less soundly in states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia? In this area, researchers also found regional differences in mental health and access to medical care. When poor healthcare leads to poor sleep quality it’s a vicious cycle, because bad sleep takes a toll on your health.
This region also sees higher obesity rates, which sleep problems only make worse. When you lose sleep, your body pumps out a hormone that makes you hungry (ghrelin), while making less leptin, the hormone that says, “stop eating!”
Sleep campaigns and screening programs for sleep problems can be targeted at these specific areas now that researchers have a clearer picture of where the biggest sleep deficits lie. In the meantime, you can try these simple steps for your best sleep:
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