Special Report

States Getting the Most (and Least) Sleep

6. Montana
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
30.7%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.3 (15th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 3.6% (10th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 80.4% (9th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $40,601 (16th lowest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.7% (13th lowest)

Montana residents are not only more likely to get adequate sleep, but also adequate exercise. Only 19.6% of adults in the state are physically inactive, a smaller share than the 22.6% of American adults who do not participate in physical activity in their free time.

7. Utah
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
30.8%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.5 (21st lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 2.5% (2nd lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 83.2% (3rd highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $37,766 (9th lowest)
> Unemployment rate: 3.8% (4th lowest)

In Utah, 30.8% of adults are sleep deprived compared to the 35.1% of American adults who sleep deprived. Utah adults are also more likely to exhibit other healthy behaviors. For example, only 11.4% of adults in the state binge drink, the third smallest share of any state in the country.

8. Kansas
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
30.9%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.0 (8th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 4.2% (22nd highest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 76.2% (18th lowest)
> Personal income (per capita): $45,546 (23rd highest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.5% (12th lowest)

Slightly less than 31% of adults in Kansas report getting insufficient sleep, one of the lowest shares in the country. Stress can cause insomnia. The Kansas economy is relatively healthy, which may help reduce stress among state adults — and perhaps also help them sleep better.

9. Iowa
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
31.0%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.0 (8th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 4.1% (24th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 77.4% (25th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $45,115 (25th highest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.4% (10th lowest)

In Iowa, 69% of adults get enough sleep, a higher share than in the vast majority of states.
According to the CDC, insufficient sleep can hinder cognitive performance. Furthermore, insomnia is often a sign of depression. Iowans report feeling in poor mental health only three days a month, one of the lowest shares in the country.

10. Vermont
> Pct. of adults getting insufficient sleep:
31.0%
> Avg. number of poor mental health days (per month): 3.4 (18th lowest)
> Pct. of adults with heart disease: 4.1% (24th lowest)
> Pct. of adults who are physically active: 81.0% (6th highest)
> Personal income (per capita): $47,330 (18th highest)
> Unemployment rate: 4.1% (6th lowest)

Certain healthy behaviors such as getting adequate sleep often accompany other healthy behaviors. Not only are Vermonters among the most likely to get enough sleep, but they are also among the most likely to be in very good health.