States in the West and Midwest are generally the most well-rested, while Southern states had fewer people getting seven or more hours of sleep.
Roughly one in three adults in the U.S. don't get enough sleep, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report notes that only 65.2 percent of adults average seven or more hours of shut-eye per night -- the recommended amount.
Whether it's from the ubiquitous presence of screens or stressful work environments, it's clear that America has a sleep problem. That can have serious consequences. Beyond feeling tired and fatigued, lack of sleep has been linked to numerous health issues including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
While Americans on the whole could be doing better in terms of getting more sleep, some states are worse than others. To find where people are getting the most and least amount of sleep, HealthGrove, a health data site by Graphiq, turned to the CDC's 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
BRFSS is one of the most comprehensive health surveys released, collecting responses from more than 400,000 Americans every year in all 50 states. One of the questions asked is: "On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?" HealthGrove ranked states (and the District of Columbia) by the percentage of people who answered seven hours or more. Ties were broken by the number of respondents. State population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau were also included for reference.
Interestingly, states in the West and Midwest are generally the most well-rested, while Southern states had fewer people getting seven or more hours of sleep. Of the top 10 states getting the least sleep, five -- West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky -- are located in the South.
Note: The sleep figures in the BRFSS report are self-reported and were not corroborated through objective measurements. The BRFSS figures are age-adjusted.