Community Data

Insufficient Sleep

Quick Facts:

  • Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and adults over the age of 65 need between 7 and 8 hours.
  • More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults report sleeping less than 7 hours every night.
  • Active duty military members are 34% more likely to sleep less than 7 hours per night than people who are not in the military.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 16% of full time workers in the United States worked either an evening or overnight shift in 2017-2018. 
  • Not getting enough sleep has an estimated economic impact in the US of more than $411 billion every year.

What is Insufficient Sleep?

Not getting enough sleep can also be referred to as insufficient sleep. Adults should sleep at least 7 hours each night for best health, but more than ⅓ of US adults report not getting an appropriate amount of sleep each night. If you don’t get enough sleep, you may be at a higher risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and depression. Insufficient sleep has also been associated with car accidents and machinery-related injuries and costs the US economy about $411 billion every year. Good sleep habits, or “sleep hygiene” can help you to get good sleep every night and improve your health. Some of these habits include making sure that your bedroom is dark and quiet, removing electronic devices from your bedroom, and including physical activity in your daily routine. For more information on the appropriate amount of sleep for each age group, click here.

Insufficient Sleep in Our Community

Darker colors on the interactive map indicates worse outcomes. 

In 2018, approximately 37.2% of Taylor County residents reported getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night. That means that more than one-third of adults in Taylor County don’t get an appropriate amount of sleep. When looking at Taylor County by zip code, nearly 40% of adults who live in either 79603 or 79607 reported not getting 7 hours of sleep each night. The zip code in Taylor County with the fewest adults reporting not getting enough sleep was 79566. In this zip code, though, nearly ⅓ of adults (32.9%) still say they don’t sleep as much as they should.

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