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Sleepless in Salt Lake City, Utah ranks #1 for people Googling “sleep issues”

Oct 26, 2021, 2:18 PM
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Stock- Utah has ranked #1 in the nation for sleep issues according to Google Trend data. (Matthew Henry via Unsplash)
(Matthew Henry via Unsplash)

SALT LAKE CITY — Google trend data compiled by Amerisleep shows that Utah is the number one state in the Union for those who google sleep issues.

The numbers come from Google searches that involve how to get to sleep, like, “‘I can’t sleep’, ‘How to sleep’, ‘Sleep help’ and ‘Better sleep’.” Utahns lept to the top of the charts searching for ‘how to sleep’ and ‘how to sleep better’ more than any other state. 

Hawaii came in second for those searching Google for sleep issues, and in third place is Utah’s neighbor to the north, Idaho. 

How to eradicate sleep issues, and actually sleep better?

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to get better sleep is to make sure you’re sticking to a sleep schedule that ensures 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night.

Sleep schedules

“Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour,” the Mayo Clinic suggests.

If you’re trying and still not able to fall asleep after 20 minutes, the clinic said to get out of your bedroom and go do something relaxing.

Nutrition

Another aspect of good sleep is good eats. The Mayo said that it’s not a great idea to go to bed hungry or stuffed. Stimulants like nicotine or caffeine consumed even hours before bedtime can cause issues as well

Sleep space

Creating a restful space to go to sleep is also something the Mayo Clinic says is important. “Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Exposure to light might make it more challenging to fall asleep.

“Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens just before bedtime. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs,” they write.

Write your worries down

Often trouble sleeping can come from a racing mind right before bed. Something the Mayo Clinic said may help is writing down those worries or concerns and setting them aside for the next day.

“Stress management might help. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Meditation also can ease anxiety.”


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Sleepless in Salt Lake City, Utah ranks #1 for people Googling “sleep issues”