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CDC: One-Third of Americans Don’t Sleep Enough

Florida is middle of the pack when it comes to well-rested states.

BY February 23, 2016

Time to hit the snooze button. Just tell your boss the CDC told you to.

About 35 percent of Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sweeping study looked at sleep patterns for more than 440,000 Americans, focusing on whether they get at least seven hours per night.

"Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need," said Dr. Wayne Giles of the CDC's Division of Population Health.

The study broke down the findings based on several demographics. (You can dig through the results here.) The most well-rested group: the elderly. Close to 74 percent of Americans age 65 or older reported getting at least seven hours a night.

The study also looked at individual states. Florida was rather average. About 64 percent of respondents reported getting the recommended amount of sleep.

The New York Times took a closer look at how the numbers broke down. 


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