Detroit ranked as the worst city in the U.S. for sleep, according to Tuck Sleep Foundation’s analysis of data covering 150 urban areas.
Tuck Sleep Foundation based its rankings from a 2014 survey of adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It listed Detroit on top, as less than 50% of people in the city have slept regularly for less than seven hours.
A high level of construction activity and noise pollution served as the major factors for sleep deprivation in Detroit. Obesity also played a role in affecting bedtime rest, as almost one-third of citizens are considered overweight. CDC said that obesity affects more than 30% of adult Americans nationwide.
Newark City in New Jersey ranked behind Detroit, followed by Birmingham in Alabama. Cleveland and Philadelphia completed the top five. According to the analysis, pollution serves as the common denominator for the poor quality of sleep in these cities. Other factors that trigger sleep deprivation include the city’s unemployment rate, commute time, and air quality.
The situation differs in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Lincoln, Nebraska. The analysis considered these five cities with the best environment for sleep. These places also ranked as the cleanest urban areas in the U.S., according to Tuck Sleep Foundation.
Other than a conducive environment, there are other ways to improve how you sleep at night. Cozy Earth, for example, notes that bamboo bed sheets or thick curtains can make you fall asleep faster and ensure an uninterrupted slumber.
Poor quality and lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on our health, particularly weight gain. This explains why residents in some cities with a high sleep deprivation rate tend to be moody, irritable and are likely to be overweight.