Sleep – How does your City Rank when it comes to not getting Enough?

Sleepless in Seattle, I don’t think so, New York the city that never sleeps, not even close.

Beautyrest, a bed and mattress company recently did a study of residents across the United States and the cities they live in.

They used information gathered from many sources including, Google searches for specific sleep related keywords and tweets (5.6 million) about sleep issues and the need to recharge.

What they found is quite interesting, but the top city on this list is not a surprise, Las Vegas.  I guess what happens in Vegas(less sleep), stays in Vegas.  When people return home they get back into better sleeping habits, unless you live in Miami, Austin, Atlanta, or Durham.  That rounds out the top 5 on this list.

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  1. Las Vegas                       16.  Los Angeles
  2. Miami                              17.  Boston
  3. Austin                              18.  Indianapolis
  4. Atlanta                             19.  Milwaukee
  5. Durham                           20.  Dallas
  6. Houston                           21.  San Jose
  7. Chicago                            22.  New York
  8. Arlington, Texas            23.  Raleigh
  9. Pittsburgh                       24.  Portland, OR
  10. Columbus, Ohio              25.  Seattle
  11. San Diego                        26.  San Francisco
  12. Nashville                          27.  Denver
  13. Charlotte                          28.  Minneapolis
  14. Lynwood, California        29.  Phoenix
  15. Philadelphia                     30.  San Antonio

So maybe where you live does have an affect on your health, not only because of air quality, getting plenty of time outdoors, and now sleep issues.

“We live in a society that is in constant communication — we’re bombarded by messages all day long,” health and fitness expert and chairman of the board for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Chris Freytag, a wellness expert for Beautyrest.”

Making sleep a priority is a good first step, she says. “Many of us put sleep at the bottom of our ‘to do’ list, and that just can’t be the case,” she says.

Okay, so it’s not that easy to just drop everything and go to bed, but when you do decide to turn in, use these simple tips from Dr. Michael J. Breus, sleep specialist.    Your bedroom should be,

  • Dark
  • Quiet
  • Cool
  • Clean

Most of all leave the gadgets outside of the bedroom, and limit your caffeine and exercise in the later hours of the evening.

Don’t be in the two-thirds of U.S. adults that are not getting enough sleep, according to the 2009 CDC report.  Plus according to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America”, the stress level in 44% of us has increased over the past 5 years.

Start changing your sleep environment and habits today, so you can begin recharging yourself and not just your gadgets.  Maybe just maybe, you will end up with more quality sleep and less stress in your life.

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