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).
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