Austin Named One of the Best U.S. Cities For Sleep

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The website, (whose staff researches sleep products and aims to understand sleep health and hygiene) recently compiled a list of the best and worst U.S. cities for sleep. The researchers gathered data based on factors including sleep deprivation, obesity rates, commute time, and ongoing construction. Austin ranked #6 on the list of good cities for sleep of the 150 cities studied.

Austin has Lowest Sleep Deprivation Rates in U.S.

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According to the website, “While the state is slightly above average for obesity and the unemployment rate is about average, the city of Austin boasts a below average commute time, a designation as one of the Cleanest Cities in America, and one of the lowest sleep deprivation rates in the country.” Plus, two Texas Dark Cities are within its greater metropolitan area – Dripping Springs and Horseshoe Bay.

The study’s five worst cities for sleep are Philadelphia, Cleveland, Birmingham (Alabama), Newark (New Jersey), and Detroit. Detroit was noted for construction, traffic, noise, pollution, and obesity.

Are You Getting Your 7 to 8 Hours a Night?

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According to, the average adult requires 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, much of America doesn’t achieve that, due to poor health, increased work and family obligations, and emotional factors like anxiety and depression. Worse, sleep deprivation has real negative effects on your health, ranging from reduced cognitive processing and poorer memory to irritability and increased risk of weight gain and depression.

More Than One Third of Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep

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Using 2014 survey data, the CDC found that more than a third of Americans don’t get sufficient sleep on a regular basis (35.2 percent). Perhaps surprisingly, as a state, Hawaii reported the lowest levels of adequate sleep at 56 percent, while South Dakota got the most sleep at 72 percent. Individuals living in the southeastern part of the U.S. and Appalachia reported the lowest amounts of sleep, which may be associated with the higher rates of obesity and poor health in those regions.

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