A new study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further proved the health benefits of getting more than seven hours of sleep a night — as if we needed it.
Analyzing data found in a 2014 sleep survey, the CDC definitively found that sleeping less than seven hours a night can put adults aged 18-60 at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mental distress. An unhealthy lack of sleep can also affect your day-to-day performance, leading to poor work productivity — at best — and more severe car and mechanical accidents — at worst.
Interestingly, the study also found that people living in the nation's Appalachian Mountains region get the least amount of sleep, while those living in the Great Plains states get the most.
If you find yourself having a hard time getting those hours in, try adopting a different nighttime routine . . . because it seems like your life may just depend on it.