North Carolinians Ranked Among The Nation’s Healthiest Sleepers

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After a night spent tossing and turning in bed instead of getting the recommended 7 hours of shut-eye, many people are familiar with the zombie-like state that follows the next day – and would do everything in their power to avoid this feeling of exhaustion. In fact, a report found that just between mid-February and mid-March of 2020, there was an overall 14.8% increase in prescription sleep medications in the U.S. Lack of sleep can be caused by things like an overactive mind due to busy everyday life; mental health issues, or general anxiety. While many insufficient sleepers seek the secret to a perfect night’s sleep in the form of a seemingly magic pill, relying on these medications over time could lead to a more long-term dependency…

CountingSheep.net analyzed County Health Rankings and Google search data across the country to determine where the unhealthiest sleepers in America reside – that is, uncovering how many people attempt to treat their insomnia with medication, rather than trying holistic solutions, such as relaxation and mindfulness techniques.

Overall, in the past year, the data revealed that 36% of North Carolinians have not got sufficient sleep each night, which is over 3.8 million adults. Based on Google search data, it was found that these insufficient sleepers have searched for sleep medication online 302,880 times over the past year. This means that just 8% of North Carolinians who suffer from insomnia treat the condition with sleep medication, ranking the state’s residents among the nation’s healthiest sleepers (in 37th place).

Ranking State Insufficient Sleep (%) Population in State with Insufficient Sleep Searches for Sleep Medication in the Past Year Insufficient Sleepers searching for Sleep Medication (%)
6 Montana 31 338,866 89,400 26
7 Delaware 37 369,489 91,920 25
8 Rhode Island 37 393,156 94,440 24
9 New Hampshire 35 482,457 103,680 21
10 Maine 35 475,887 96,240 20
11 Nebraska 32 627,453 114,120 18
12 Idaho 33 625,895 110,160 18
13 Hawaii 43 602,735 105,960 18
14 New Mexico 33 696,001 117,360 17
15 Utah 31 1,042,586 150,360 14
16 West Virginia 43 754,957 106,200 14
17 Kansas 34 992,521 132,240 13
18 Nevada 37 1,198,282 153,120 13
19 Connecticut 34 1,205,840 153,600 13
20 Iowa 33 1,047,561 131,040 13
21 Arkansas 37 1,125,546 132,000 12
22 Oregon 33 1,427,346 165,480 12
23 Colorado 30 1,788,325 203,760 11
24 Minnesota 29 1,664,536 188,520 11
25 Mississippi 38 1,125,384 124,440 11
26 Oklahoma 38 1,522,728 149,280 10
27 Massachusetts 34 2,353,516 221,760 9
28 Wisconsin 33 1,936,281 182,040 9
29 Washington 32 2,524,149 234,480 9
30 Louisiana 38 1,754,120 158,040 9
31 Maryland 38 2,308,619 203,760 9
32 Missouri 35 2,164,695 191,040 9
33 Arizona 35 2,674,279 234,960 9
34 Alabama 40 1,979,879 172,560 9
35 South Carolina 39 2,083,531 180,720 9
36 Kentucky 42 1,884,638 157,320 8
37 North Carolina 36 3,890,697 302,880 8
38 New Jersey 38 3,370,860 258,240 8
39 Virginia 39 3,368,905 257,280 8
40 Illinois 34 4,256,144 321,240 8
41 Indiana 38 2,600,106 195,840 8
42 Tennessee 41 2,870,739 212,880 7
43 Georgia 38 4,155,794 305,760 7
44 Florida 37 8,205,859 572,520 7
45 Texas 34 10,233,159 682,080 7
46 Pennsylvania 39 4,994,024 328,800 7
47 New York 39 7,497,044 488,280 7
48 Michigan 40 3,998,085 254,280 6
49 California 35 13,882,445 879,360 6
50 Ohio 41 4,808,225 289,080 6

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