Having Trouble Sleeping? It May Be Because You Live in Michigan
Are you feeling sluggish today? Maybe needing an extra cup of coffee? Well, living in Michigan may be a small reason why...
A mattress company in the UK called mornings recently did a study using Twitter to find out how people around the world sleep. They pulled data from the hashtags #GoodMorning and #GoodNight and found out what areas of the world were getting the most and least amounts of sleep based on when they tweeted.
The study found that the country with the most sleep based on their tweeting was the West African nation of Togo, which sleeps the most at 11 hours and 21 minutes a night. However, Barbados sleeps the least of any country at just under 6 hours.
But how does the US stack up in these numbers?
The average American gets around 8 hours and 1 minute of sleep, ranking us in the top 15% of sleepers on earth.
But here's the bad news, we don't get much sleep in the mitten.
New York should be handing over the title of "the city that never sleeps" to Detroit.
The Motor City topped the list of cities that sleep the least, with an average of 5 hours and 19 minutes.
But it's not just Detroit who is missing out on their required sleep, the entire state of Michigan is also getting the least amount of rest of any in the United States. The residents of Michigan get an average of 5 hours and 56 minutes of sleep every night. Doctors recommend a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, so that's missing the mark by quite a bit for what we need.
What should you do if you'd like to beat the trend and get more sleep? According to the mayo clinic, some of the best ways to get a few extra zzz's include sticking to a schedule, watching what you eat before bed, creating a relaxing space where you sleep, and limiting your daytime naps.
So while we have so many awesome things to do in Michigan, we have to find some time to sleep, or we'll be taking naps on the beaches of Lake Michigan instead of enjoying the view.
But if you're going to miss some sleep, why not see some of the best of what West Michigan has to offer: