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When the South is portrayed in movies, there’s always a certain romanticized fatigue in the air, but sleep researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania find nothing romantic in the results of their sleep disturbance study, which indicates the southern states are having some problems getting enough shut-eye.

“Sleep disturbance is a major public health concern. However, geographic dispersion of sleep problems, and the factors that may play a role in why some states or regions get better sleep, have been largely unexplored,” said Michael A. Grandner, PhD, research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Penn and lead author of the study. “Our study generated the first sleep maps for the U.S. that include data on sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue across most of the country.”

The most fatigued states, such as Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama also have a higher occurrence of conditions such as obesity, so scientists are interested in further study to see if some of these issues can be put to rest, so to speak, when the problem of sleep disturbance is addressed.

Full story at UPHS via Buzzfeed.

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