In recognition of Sleep Awareness Week, Sleep Cycle analyzed how well Americans are sleeping across the country.

Sleep Cycle, a sleep tracking application, analyzed over 15 million hours of sleep across America in recognition of Sleep Awareness Week to better understand if Americans are truly getting quality sleep. 

The analysis uncovered that Hawaii, Nevada, and Maryland have the worst sleep quality in the country, while Montana, Colorado, and Vermont are sleeping the best.

“Sleep is integral to our mental health. As this year’s Sleep Awareness Week focuses on sleep health and its connection to mental health, it’s a perfect time for Americans to take a step back and think about where sleep is ranked in their lives,” says Mike Gradisar, PhD, head of sleep science at Sleep Cycle, in a release. “Practicing healthy sleep habits, such as meditation around bedtime and maintaining consistent bedtimes and wake-up times will elevate your sleep, is especially important as you manage stressors in your day-to-day life.”

According to the Sleep Cycle analysis of sleep quality across the country, the top 10 states with the worst sleep quality were spread out across the nation and included:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Nevada
  3. Maryland
  4. Florida
  5. Texas
  6. New Jersey
  7. Alabama
  8. Mississippi
  9. Louisiana
  10. Georgia

The 10 states with the best sleep quality were:

  1. Montana
  2. Colorado
  3. Vermont
  4. Oregon
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Iowa
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Idaho
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Minnesota

The full list of states can be seen here

So what could be impacting the sleep quality of Americans? Gradisar says that one cause could be worry and stress, which could interfere with the ability to fall asleep, as well as one’s sleep quality and duration. 

A 2023 report by the American Psychological Association found that among the day-to-day stress categories, health-related stressors (65%), money (63%), and the economy (64%) were reported among the top significant sources of stress in adults’ lives.

Interestingly, with the exception of Hawaii, Maryland, and New Jersey, among the top 10 states for lowest sleep quality, they all share commonalities in these stress categories. They all rank low for access to healthcare as well as high poverty rates and low for economic opportunities. 

While Hawaii, Maryland, and New Jersey are outliers, the states rank among the top for high cost of living, which can certainly impact stress.

For this report, Sleep Cycle ranked average sleep quality from highest to lowest using data from over 14 million sleep sessions in the US during 2023. Sessions lasting between four and 12 hours were included. 

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