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One-Third of Granite Staters Aren't Getting Enough Sleep

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About one in three Granite Staters aren't getting enough sleep. That's according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2014, New Hampshire residents between the ages of 18 and 60 slept a little more than the average American: 68 percent of the state's adults got the recommended amount of rest of seven or more hours per night. That's compared with the national rate of 65 percent. 

But that means one-third of Granite Staters aren't sleeping enough. 

Nationally, the study found people with more education got more sleep, and shift workers and those who work more than 40 hours per week slept less.

"People know that you need to eat better, or you need to exercise, quit smoking," says Anne Wheaton, one of the study's authors. "But a lot of people don't really think about sleep."

This is a first-of-a-kind state-level look at sleep habits, and Wheaton says next the CDC will publish county-level data. 

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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