CDC study ranks Arizona 22nd in sleep

Posted at 3:23 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 18:20:32-05

The Grand Canyon State is pretty good at hitting the snooze button. 

According to a Feb. 19 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, 66.7 percent of adults in Arizona report getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. That puts us at 22nd in the country. 

The CDC, which recommends at least seven hours of sleep for adults between ages 18 and 60, surveyed 444,306 adults - 14,437 in Arizona - for the nationwide study in 2014. 

To see how other states rank, check out our map below: 

Lauri Leadley, who is the president of Valley Sleep Center, said Arizonans look forward to waking up, plus the sunlight helps. Getting less than seven hours of sleep increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. 

"Arizona tends to care a lot about their health, we don't have Daylight Savings Time," Leadley said. 

Hawaiians get the worst sleep with 56.1 percent of people there getting at least seven hours, while 71.6 percent of folks in South Dakota meet the CDC's recommendation - tops in the country. 

Overall, 65.2 percent of adults surveyed get the right amount of sleep. 

Valley Sleep Center is a sleep diagnostic center with locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale.