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America's Most Sleep-Deprived Cities

Sleep-Deprived Cities in the US

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  • If you use a fitness-tracking wristband device such as Jawbone UP (or any of the many other similar products on the market), you can get a more accurate picture of how much you’re actually sleeping
  • Sleep times in the 21 largest cities in the US averaged just over 6.8 hours of sleep a night, according to Jawbone data
  • The general consensus seems to be that most people need somewhere between six and eight hours of sleep each night, but this varies depending on individual factors, like your age and health status
  • Older adults who reported poor sleep had a 1.4 times increased risk for suicide – an increase that persisted after controlling for the effects of a depressed mood
  • Severe obstructive sleep apnea, which interferes with quality sleep, may contribute to poor blood pressure control, even when medications are used

By Dr. Mercola

Earlier this year, the Labor Statistics Bureau released data that stated Americans get an average of nearly nine hours of sleep per night. This seems high, considering most other surveys suggest Americans are largely sleep deprived.

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