New study shows Floridians get the least amount of sleep

Published: Aug. 9, 2018 at 5:13 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

Florida has great weather much of the year, but a study shows getting your ZZZs in the sunshine state may not be so great.

One reason that could affect this is tourism, Florida's biggest industry.

With it comes more jobs that can require shifting work schedules.

"A shift worker that works 3 [p.m.] to 11 [p.m.] and then three weeks later, you know we have businesses town, that three weeks later they go to next shift," said Sleep Lab Supervisor at Bay Medical Sacred Heart, Pamella Taylor.

Changing shifts can make it hard for some to keep their schedules balanced.

"It's difficult to coordinate that and to get the full eight hours of sleep," said Taylor.

Some locals just find the stress of the season can affect sleep.

"When all the people are down here to vacation and it causes a lot of traffic congestion, and lines in stores, restaurants and everywhere you go," said Bay County resident Les Langdon.

But he's not the only one that feels that way.

"A lot of people avoid areas that have lots of tourists just because it's stressful, and if that's part of your everyday life, then that would make it more difficult to be relaxed at night and get a better nights sleep," said Taylor.

Now while a study by Mattress Clarity says that Floridians out of everyone nationwide get the least amount of sleep, but there are some locals in Bay County that are saying otherwise.

"We have found this to be probably the most relaxing place that we've ever traveled to and that's why we moved here," said Langdon.

So if you're not getting a good night's sleep, Langdon may have the answer for you.

"The ocean just has a wonderful sense of calmness in your life when you're here," said Langdon.

The Mattress Clarity study also showed Americans have a hard time switching off from work mode because 42 percent of Americans check their email before they hit the hay.