Feb 8, 2024 - News

🥱 Chart du jour: Sleep-deprived Utahns

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

Nearly 70% of residents are slumbering less than the recommended seven hours each night.

Why it matters: Experts say sleeping hitting that mark or more is crucial for your health, but efforts to get more zzz's can be focused on the wrong things, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum reports.

By the numbers: Americans get less than six-and-a-half hours a night on average, according to a study that tracked the sleep of Apple Watch users from February to June 2022.

  • Although data of Apple users might not reflect the general population, the "fact that we don't get enough sleep [is] clear across the board," says Karin Johnson, a sleep medicine specialist and professor of neurology.

Threat level: Johnson says getting fewer than the recommended seven hours a night could increase your risk for having a stroke.

Be smart: Some basic sleep hygiene tips include keeping your room cool, reducing light exposure before bed and not looking at the time when you wake up in the middle of the night, Johnson says.

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