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Our Sleepy Little City of Minneapolis (Does it Keep Us Thin?)  | e-mail post

Sanofi-aventis, the makers of the sleeping pill Ambien, and Sperling's BestPlaces put together a report, "Sleep in the City," which ranks the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. by the quality of our sleep. They assembled the report based on CDC and BLS data. [Release] [Ranked List]

Minneapolis was #1, followed by Anaheim, San Diego and Raleigh-Durham. The Motor City, Detroit came in dead last, with Cleveland, Nashville and Cincinnati rounding out the bottom four.

And New York, despite its reputation as "the city that never sleeps," is apparently more restful than Detroit, coming in at 44, between New Orleans and Las Vegas. Clearly, if they included tourists in the group, Vegas would have won a hard-fought match for dead-last against New Orleans and New York.

A note about methodology that might skew things: the index is based on happiness index from CDC questions, the number of days residents didn't get enough sleep in the past month, divorce and unemployment rates and the average daily commute time. The assumption was that a longer commute cuts into time available for sleep.

Of course, Minneapolis probably got an unfair boost in that they didn't account for the amount of time spent clearing snow from the driveway before our relatively short commute begins.

This is all particularly interesting news in light of new research today indicating a correlation between lack of sleep and obesity. [AP via Yahoo]

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