Feb 1, 2024 - News

Get some sleep

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

About 72% of Texans get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night.

  • That's not great.

Why it matters: Experts say sleeping seven or more hours is crucial for your health, writes Axios' Carly Mallenbaum.

Zoom in: Gabby Thomas, a two-time Olympic sprinter who relocated to Austin after finishing at Harvard in 2019, researched disparities in sleep disorders during her master's program at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

  • "The biggest takeaway for me is that sleep is a public health crisis and as a society, we don't recognize that," Thomas told Spectrum News last year.

By the numbers: Americans get less than 6 1/2 hours a night on average, according to a study that tracked the sleep of Apple Watch users from February to June 2022.


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