Sleep is vital for physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive health, yet many Americans of all ages struggle to get enough. Between 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation, with 35.2% of all adults sleeping an average of less than seven hours each night. Lack of sleep is linked to serious health complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, kidney disease, and depression. Beyond the physical and mental dangers to the individual, excessive sleepiness is also dangerous, with nearly 100,000 traffic crashes, 1,500 deaths, and 70,000 injuries associated with drowsy driving. This infographic, using data from the Wisconsin Population Health Institute, highlights the places in America that experience the most sleep deprivation.
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