Jan 29, 2024 - News

Study: Virginians need more sleep

😴 Share of adults getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, on average
Data: Apple Heart and Movement Study; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Virginians are getting more sleep than most of the U.S., but it's still not enough, according to a study that tracked the sleep of Apple Watch users from February to June 2022.

Why it matters: That's … not good. Experts say sleeping seven or more hours is crucial for your health, writes Axios' Carly Mallenbaum.

Zoom in: More than 66% of Virginia adults are sleeping less than that, per the nonprofit Save Standard Time.

  • Americans get less than 6.5 hours a night on average.
  • And the long term effect of not enough rest? It's linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

The bottom line: Take this as the sign you needed to cancel your plans and go to bed instead.

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