Cities for Sleep
Wild rivers, open ranges, mountains as far as the eye can see — Montana evokes idyllic images of the unspoiled West. Also known as Big Sky Country, Montana joined the Union as the 41st state in 1889. The state’s scenic beauty is on full display at its famous national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier. Though Montana is the fourth-largest state in the US by area, only Alaska and Wyoming have fewer residents. There are more cattle in Big Sky Country than people, who number just over a million.
Fast facts about Montana:
- Montana ranks third in the country for number of microbreweries per capita
- The largest migratory elk herd in the US can be found in Montana
- There are no major sports teams in the state due its small and scattered population
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70F in 1954 at a gold mining camp near Rogers Pass
- Montana’s Museum of the Rockies houses one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world, including 13 specimens of Tyrannosaurus Rex
Montana may not have many residents, but it does have plenty of room to move. How does all that open space affect the sleep of folks in Big Sky Country? Do fresh air and stunning views add up to great slumber? Let’s take a peek at our list and see what the numbers tell us.
The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease
The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea
The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep
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Helena Valley West Central, MT
Helena Valley Southeast, MT
Orchard Homes, MT
Columbia Falls, MT
Miles City, MT
Great Falls, MT
How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?
Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.