The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seven to nine hours of sleep each day for the average adult, but this can prove elusive. The mattress company Amerisleep notes that in addition to obvious interrupters, such as the comfort of a mattress or the consistency of one’s schedule, other factors with the potential to profoundly affect people’s sleep habits include where they live, median income, and general health. It used CDC and census data on income, population density and other socioeconomic indicators to make connections with data on sleep patterns in the United States.
Result? Camden and Newark ranked in the top three cities for the highest percentage of residents getting by on less than seven hours of sleep nightly; Detroit came first among the “worst-rested cities.” Of the top 25 cities ranked “worst-rested” in the U.S., along with Camden and Newark, were Trenton (10th), Elizabeth (16th), Paterson (22nd) and Jersey City (23rd).