Catching up on Z’s in Bay Area

This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on December 26, 2012.

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, but chances are it won’t be the only night of this busy holiday season you will have stayed awake until midnight. Still, as sleep deprivation goes, there are worse places to live than the Bay Area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a nationwide telephone survey of adults.

Here are the numbers:


Bay Area residents on average get at least that many hours of sleep a night.


The Bay Area’s ranking in the CDC’s list of 100 Most Sleepless Cities. The rankings, which combined San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose results, were based on the average number of nights per month residents reported not getting enough sleep. Only residents of Nashville and Green Bay, Wis., reported fewer sleep-deprived nights, which the CDC defines as getting six or fewer hours of sleep. Charleston, W.Va., was the least rested city. And in case you’re wondering if the “Sleepless in Seattle” movie title rings true, that locale ranked 58th.


The number of nights per month, on average, residents surveyed in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland reported not getting enough sleep. Just under 15 percent of the Bay Area population said they don’t get enough sleep more than half the time. By comparison, more than a quarter of Charleston, W.Va., residents said they don’t get enough sleep more half the time.


The percentage of American workers, or more than 40 million people, who are sleep deprived, according to a separate CDC report that focuses only on the U.S. workforce.


The percentage of American night shift workers who reported insufficient sleep, compared with 29 percent of day shift workers.


The percentage of married workers who said they were sleep deprived compared with 28 percent of workers who had never married. That percentage jumped to 36 percent for divorced, separated or widowed workers.