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It’s one of the most natural things we do. So, why do so many of us have such a hard time doing it?

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claims 1 in 3 adults isn’t getting enough sleep. From U.S News and World Report:

“For adults ages 18 to 60, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend getting at least 7 hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. Getting less than an adequate amount of rest can potentially raise a person’s risk for a host of health problems, ranging from weight gain and obesity to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and mental health issues like depression.”

According to the CDC report, where you live seems to have something to do with how much sleep you get. StatNews.com took a closer look at the states where people get the most and the least sleep. If you catch your zzz’s in South Dakota, Colorado, or Minnesota – chances are you’re getting 7 hours or more. It’s less likely if you live in Hawaii where only 56 percent of adults get enough shut-eye. Arizona ranked 22nd with 66.7 percent of us saying we get 7 hours of sleep per night. Check out the link above or click here to see the complete list.

However, it’s not just where you sleep that may shape how much time you spend snoozing. From the Wall Street Journal:

“Whites and Hispanics sleep more than native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and blacks, according to the CDC analysis…..People who are employed, have a college education or are married are more rested than those who don’t have jobs, are less educated or are divorced, widowed or separated, according to the report. The results “suggest that employment and higher education might be determinants of healthy sleep,” the report said.”

Regardless of where you live, your ethnicity, marital status, or job situation – Health Day has a list of tips to help you get a better night’s sleep from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The list includes:

  • Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day;
  • Make sure the bedroom is a quiet, dark and relaxing;
  • Get a comfortable mattress and sheets, and use the bed only for sleeping and sex;
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet; and
  • Avoid exposure to screens or bright light prior to bedtime.

Maybe the list should include moving to South Dakota! On second thought – let’s stay here and figure out how to help Arizona climb in the sleep rankings. The health benefits to getting more sleep will no doubt help with our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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