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Chicago not among sleep-deprived cities

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 8:58 a.m. CDT

By Paul Tooher

The Windy City? How about the well-rested city.

That might be a more appropriate nickname for Chicagoland, based on a list of the most sleep-deprived cities in America.

According to website SleepBetter’s Sleepless City Index, the Chicago area, including Grayslake, ranked 60th among the 100 major cities it surveyed.

That means that only 19.2 percent of residents don’t get enough sleep more than half the time. The organization analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey to rank the nation’s most sleep-deprived cities.

“Sleeplessness is becoming an epidemic in America,” said Lisa Shives, with SleepBetter. “The implications on our long term health are staggering because lack of sleep affects our physical health, weight, cognitive function, relationships and even our productivity. But what’s most alarming is the correlation between sleep deprivation and accidents; the Sleepless Cities Index is a wake-up call for America to focus on sleep issues.”

According to the National Institute of Health, the amount of sleep you need each day changes over the course of your life. According to the NIH, a newborn requires 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day, while pre-school children need 11 to 12 hours. School-age children should be getting at least 10 hours a day, while teens need 9 to 10 hours a day. Adults, including the elderly, require 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day.

And while napping may compensate for some sleep loss, there’s really no substitute for a good night’s sleep, according to the NIH.

Charleston, W.Va., was found to be the most sleep-deprived city in America, followed by Knoxville, Tenn.; Paducah, Ky.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; Kingsport, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio, Tulsa, Okla.; Savannah, Ga.; and Springfield, Mo.

Green Bay, Wis., was rated the most-rested city in the nation, followed by Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco; San Diego; Roanoke, Va.; Minneapolis; Fresno, Calif.; Los Angeles; El Paso, Texas; Honolulu and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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