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New research: Where you live could affect your quality of sleep

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American gets about eight hours of sleep a night.

New research says the quality of your sleep has a lot to do with where you live.

In fact, according to that study, several areas of the Heartland aren't getting enough sleep.

An article published in the journal "Sleep Health" finds that the quality of Americans' sleep has more to do with where they are geographically not how much the amount of sleep they get each night.

"Do you get eight hours each night," we asked one viewer.

"That would be a miracle,” said one Cape Girardeau resident.

What's keeping you from getting that restful night's sleep?

"If I am really stressed before I go to sleep I have bad dreams all night,” said another Cape Girardeau resident.

Could it also be where you live in the U.S. that determines how well you count sheep?

New research says "yes."

According to "Sleep Health," more than 30 percent of folks in Cape Girardeau County say they get an "insufficient" amount of sleep, while in Genesee County, New York, a more urban environment, only 4 percent of folks say their sleep is no good.

"The factors about where they live could be there poor health. Of course economic stressors, if they don't have a job or if they don't make enough money to have access to care or they have limited access to care in general,” said Lloyd Diamond, a sleep analyst in Cape Girardeau.

Diamond said it could also be a combination several factors the study listed and others such as types of jobs in those regions.

"If they work rotating shifts there are a lot of factories around here where they rotate from one week to the other and that can be a huge stressor on their ability to get a good night sleep,” he said.

Diamond said there are ways to reverse the cycle of a bad night's sleep too without having to move.

He said make a schedule and stick to it; and avoid electronics or bright lights an hour before bed.

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