ATLANTA, November 1, 2013 – As our body clocks adjust to the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, today revealed the ten U.S. cities with the most well rested residents. According to results from a sample of 250,000 RealAge® Test respondents, Sharecare’s Top 10 Cities in America for Sleep are: Milwaukee; Washington; Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; Chicago; Boston; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Philadelphia; and Hartford, Conn.
Sharecare’s scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, shows that getting between six and nine hours of sleep each night can reduce your RealAge by as much as 1.5 years if you’re a woman and nearly a year if you’re a man. In contrast, not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your health in a variety of very serious ways.
“Sleep deprivation certainly increases risk of heart disease,” says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test. “It also increases risk of obesity, worsens memory, increases anxiety and depression and may increase risk of excess alcohol use.”
In its research to identify the Top 10 Cities for Sleep, Sharecare also learned that these 10 cities are the country’s most sleep-deprived: Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Greenville, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Houston; Louisville, Ky.; Seattle; Greensboro, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.
For more information about how to manage your sleep, go to https://www.sharecare.com/health/sleep-disorders. To find out if you are younger or older than your calendar age says you are, join Sharecare – membership is free – and take the RealAge Test at www.sharecare.com/realagetest.
Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.
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