What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And apparently what stays there is a ton of stress, sleepless nights and overworked people, according to a new survey by Beautyrest. The company studied millions of Twitter posts, Google searches and other social media behaviors of residents in major cities across the country to find the locations where people shared they were sleepless, stressed out, overworked, or otherwise less than fully charged. The analysis found the following 30 U.S. cities most in need of some rest and relaxation, with Las Vegas coming in at number one.
1. Las Vegas
8. Arlington, Texas
10. Columbus, Ohio
11. San Diego
14. Lynwood, Calif.
16. Los Angeles
21. San Jose
22. New York
24. Portland, Ore.
26. San Francisco
30. San Antonio
To compile the list, the Beautyrest team studied quantitative and qualitative metrics in the areas of exercise, diet, mental health and sleep, measuring each pillar of wellness to understand the level of a city’s overall health and happiness as evidenced by residents’ social media and search behaviors.
In its search, the company found that over 5.6 million tweets related to people “needing recharge” were posted last year.Other interesting info from the study included:
• New York City has the highest volume of stress related tweets
• Los Angeles is home to the most people that “can’t sleep”
• Residents of Boston perform the most anxiety-related Google searches
• Women make up a disproportionate size of the group needing a recharge (no surprise there)
“Anyone who doesn’t feel fully charged in their day-to-day life should know there are some simple steps they can take to help restore balance and recharge themselves,” said health and fitness expert and chairman of the board for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Chris Freytag, a wellness expert for Beautyrest. “Getting better sleep is a great first step, especially since 73%t of us are getting less sleep per night than we should, and 70 million Americans are affected by sleep problems. Here are a few more tips:
- Meditation: When you have a busy mind all the time just taking even two minutes of quiet, blank mind time can do wonders. Robert Freedman, CEO of ORC Worldwide, a compensation specialist, spends two minutes every morning drawing on a napkin while he drinks his coffee. That is his time.
- Exercise: Again you can’t work less but you can try to incorporate exercise into your day either by getting up earlier, hiring a personal trainer, weekend sports activities, working out at your lunch break or scheduling a time during the work day or building a personal gym in your home. Jeff O’Shea, CEO of IntelliTouch Communications , starts at least four out of five days with a bike ride.
- When you do have some down time, really try to be down: John Benson, CEO of eFinancialCareers.com, said he literally puts his BlackBerry out of reach when he is having family time. And make sure you can really have downtime by getting your errands done by either outsourcing them or having an assistant help you be more organized.
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