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Understand Sleep Statistics in the U.S.

Understand Sleep Statistics in the U.S.

In 2016, the CDC reported that 1 in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep at night. Sleep health varies state by state. Some states report low levels of insufficient sleep while others report high levels. Factors such as age, race, and income also determine overall sleep health among specific groups. This article summarizes the data to help you understand sleep statistics in the U.S.

How many hours of sleep do we need?

The CDC recommends at least seven hours per night to stay healthy and reduce the risk of suffering from conditions like obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. Less than this is considered insufficient.

Sleep health: 

By state:

America’s Health Rankings reported the exact sleep statistics that they gathered from multiple sources including the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Minnesota holds the title of the healthiest state with only 28.7% of adults who reported sleeping less than 7 hours within a 24-hour period. Hawaii received recognition as well—but for the opposite reason. They hold the title of least-healthy state with 42.9% of adults who reported sleeping less than 7 hours. Other states who also reported high levels of insufficient sleep are on the eastern side of the country, with West Virginia coming in second to Hawaii.

By demographics:

America’s Health Rankings also broke down the statistics of Americans who reported insufficient sleep by demographics: gender, age, race, education, and income.


    • Gender and education do not play a large role in determining sleep health. For instance, only 2% more males than females reported insufficient sleep. There is not a great difference between college graduates and those who did not finish high school either.
    • Insufficient sleep is lowest among white and Hispanic adults, 65 and older, who make $75,000 or more per year.
    • Insufficient sleep is highest among black and multi-racial adults, between the ages of 18 and 44, who make $25,000 or less per year.


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