How Much Sleep Utah Residents Are Getting Compared To Other States

2021-10-22

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night – and failing to do this comes with a number of risks. Even so, nearly 90 million American adults are not getting enough sleep.

Americans who don’t get enough sleep are at increased risk of making mistakes in everyday life – and mistakes at work or driving can have serious consequences. Insufficient sleep has also been linked to depression and several chronic illnesses.

In Utah, approximately 709,800 adults – or 31.2% of the population 20 and older – are not getting enough sleep, compared with 35.2% of adults in the country. The proportion of adults reporting inadequate sleep in Utah is the sixth lowest among the 50 states.

Research has shown that sleep time is linked to both blood sugar regulation and metabolic changes, and that adults who regularly sleep less than seven hours a night are at increased risk of diabetes and obesity. While this is not always the case, states with above-average sleep deprivation often also have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, or both. In Utah, 7.5% of adults have diabetes and 27.0% are clinically obese, compared with the national proportions of 10.5% and 29.7%, respectively.

To improve sleeping habits, the CDC recommends going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each day. The CDC also recommends regular exercise and avoiding caffeine, large meals, and alcohol before bed. Removing electronic devices like televisions and computers from the bedroom can also help improve sleeping habits.

All data in this story comes from the joint report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. States were ranked based on the proportion of adults reporting inadequate sleep, which averages less than seven hours a night

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