Special Report

States Getting the Most (and Least) Sleep

1. South Dakota
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
28.4%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 2.7 (2nd lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 4.2% (22nd highest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 78.8% (15th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $46,345 (21st highest)
> Unemployment rate: 3.4% (3rd lowest)

Only 28.4% of adults in South Dakota are sleep deprived, the lowest share of any state. Certain sleep disorders have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and South Dakota also has a lower annual rate of cardiovascular deaths than the national rate, at the 233 per 100,000 state residents compared to 251 cardiovascular deaths for every 100,000 Americans.

2. Colorado
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
28.5%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.2 (11th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 3.0% (3rd lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 83.6% (the highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $48,730 (14th highest)
> Unemployment rate: 5.0% (15th lowest)

Fewer than 29% of adults in Colorado report inadequate sleep. As is the case in most states where a relatively small share of adults is sleep deprived, incomes in Colorado tend to be higher than across the country.

3. Minnesota
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
29.2%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 2.8 (5th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 3.5% (7th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 79.8% (13th highest)
>Personal income (per capita): $48,711 (15th highest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.1% (6th lowest)

More adults are getting sufficient sleep in Minnesota than in every other state except for Colorado and South Dakota. Sleep is linked to a number of other healthy behaviors and outcomes, and Minnesota residents are the least likely in the country to die from preventable causes.

4. Nebraska
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
30.4%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 2.8 (5th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 3.9% (16th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 78.7% (18th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $47,073 (19th highest)
> Unemployment rate: 3.3% (2nd lowest)

Nearly 70% of adults in Nebraska are getting enough sleep. As is the case in the majority of states with relatively well rested residents, unemployment is low in Nebraska. Only 3.3% of the workforce is out a job, the second lowest unemployment rate in the country.

5. Idaho
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
30.6%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.2 (11th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 3.4% (6th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 81.3% (5th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $37,533 (5th lowest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.8% (14th lowest)

Adults in Idaho are among the least likely to be sleep deprived. While incomes tend to be higher in states where a large share of adults are getting enough sleep, Idaho is a notable exception. Per capita income in Idaho is only $37,533, considerably less than the $46,129 the typical American earns.