Harmony Healthcare IT, a data management firm that works with sleep study data, surveyed more than 1,100 Americans about their sleep habits to learn what is keeping people up at night, and how the pandemic is impacting their sleep habits two years later. They also analyzed Google search volume related to insomnia in each state and major city across the country.
New Research on Insomnia in America
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports every adult should be getting seven hours of sleep a night to stay healthy. However, many Americans aren’t getting close to that, and it’s not from a lack of trying.
Nearly nine out of every ten people we surveyed say they have trouble falling asleep. It’s not something that happens once in a blue moon. More than half of people admitted they struggle to sleep at least once a week if not more.
Insomnia is the most disproportionately popular search term in nine states including New York, California, and Texas. Stress and anxiety also played a big role in searches. People in Connecticut searched “how to fall asleep when stressed,” and the most searched phrase in New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota was “how to fall asleep when you’re anxious.”
Women in Utah appear to be struggling with pregnancy insomnia. The most popular search in Utah was “sleep aid safe for pregnancy.” Ohio and Virginia wanted to know if there are herbs to help with insomnia. Drinking doesn’t appear to be helping anyone in Alaska, where the state’s top search was “alcohol can’t sleep.”
It’s no wonder people in Kentucky and Rhode Island are having trouble falling asleep. Both states are trying to time how long it takes to drift off. Kentucky searched “how to fall asleep in five minutes” and Rhode Island wanted to know “how to fall asleep in one minute.”
People living in Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming don’t seem to be getting any sleep at all. The most searched phrase in all three states was “what happens if you don’t sleep for a day.”