Which U.S. City Needs a Nap?

The Motor City at night, when so many folks are awake. Getty Images

New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but its residents are not America’s sleepiest.

And they’re not so “Sleepless in Seattle” either.

The distinction of being America’s most weary citizens goes instead to the nearly 800,000 residents of Detroit, declared America’s most sleep-deprived city based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released by mattress company Sleepy’s.

Detroit has many factors holding its residents back from a good night’s sleep, the survey found, including a struggling economy, a high rate of crime and high levels of obesity among its residents.

Coming in behind Detroit is Birmingham, Ala., a state way to the south and with a different population, but still in need of sleep.  Joining the two cities in the top five are Oklahoma City, Okla., New Orleans, and New York City, proving the city must sleep, at least a little.

The rankings are based on individual sleep habits as reported in an annual study by the CDCP of more than 350,000 adults in all 50 states.  The findings took into account the percentage of time people don’t get enough sleep or rest, and the percentage of people who say they don’t get enough sleep more than half of the time.

If you live in one of the sleep-deprived cities, or just need a good nap no matter where you are, where should you head?  Go west, all the way to California.

Three of the top five cities reporting the most sleep are located in the Golden State, home to good weather that apparently outweighs any sleepless nights the state’s residents may have over the housing crisis there.  Joining San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco in the top five most well-rested cities are Dallas, Texas and Richmond, Va.

Americans not so lucky to be living in those snoozy places will get at least one opportunity to catch up Nov. 6, when they can turn back their clocks one hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Top 10 Most Sleep-Deprived Cities:

  1. Detroit
  2. Birmingham, Ala.
  3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  4. New Orleans
  5. New York
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Louisville, Ky.
  8. Raleigh, N.C.
  9. Columbus, Ohio
  10. Boston