Almost Half of Minnesotans Are Not Getting Enough Sleep
Chalk another thing up to 2020-- nearly half of Minnesotans in a new survey say they're not getting enough sleep this year.
We already have 2020 to blame for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and everything IT has thrown at us, plus Mother Nature has given us hurricanes and tropical storms in the south, plus raging wildfires in the west along with snow here in Minnesota-- in October.
Then there's the social injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as all the tension and nervousness surrounding the 2020 election. Is it any wonder we're all not getting much sleep this year?
And, according to this new Insider Living sleep survey from mattressinsider.com, here in Minnesota all those things have been keeping us awake and tossing and turning more than many other states in the country. (Is worrying about things like that part of our innate 'Minnesota niceness?')
The Land of 10,000 Lakes just is one of several states in the survey that reported sleep rates greater than an hour less per night in the fall than in the spring (before the pandemic hit and everything seemed to head south.) The survey noted that both men and women in Minnesota have been affected, though it's been more pronounced in women:
Men have lost, on average, 12 minutes of sleep per night. In comparison, women have lost over 16 minutes of sleep per night. This may not sound like much, but adds up to over 100 hours over the next 12 months.
The survey noted that 44% of Minnesotans are now not getting the minimum guideline of 7 hours sleep per night (compared to 31% at the start of the year). The biggest reason was, of course, the ongoing pandemic. Concerns about schools reopening, the actions of President Trump, the election, unemployment rates, economic uncertainty, and social unrest were all also cited as other reasons we're not sleeping as much this year. You can read more on the sleep survey HERE.
And, if you find you're among those Minnesotans who are worrying about things enough that its affecting your sleep, keep scrolling to check out 15 different things you can try to improve your sleep each night!