June 25, 2022

Old Lyme Getting More Sleep Amid Stay-At-Home Order, Study Shows — But Apparently We Need It

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OLD LYME — Online sleep-industry review and information site, Sleepopolis, has conducted a study which has found that Old Lyme residents who are now working from home during lockdown are sleeping an extra 17.5 hours per month.

But Old Lyme has a sleep score of 85.75, and came in position #61, meaning its residents are getting far less quality sleep than those in other towns and cities in Connecticut. So perhaps those extra hours of sleep are needed here …

If you are working from home – as many of us are during social distancing – your commute is simply the route from your bedroom to another room in your home. This period of isolation highlights the benefits of working remotely, which is an increasingly popular method of employment.

In the same study, Sleepopolis identified and compiled a list of the best and worst cities for sleep in Connecticut, using a variety of different factors. These were combined to create an overall sleep score out of 100 for each town on the list. Sleep factors in this study include the smoking rate, insufficient sleep rate, mentally unhealthy days, physical inactivity, air pollution levels and unemployment rate.

The study found that Old Greenwich, emerged as the best city to have a good night’s rest with an overall sleep score of 94.07. Comparatively, Willimantic residents are the mostly likely to benefit from working from home since the town came in last place on the list with a sleep score of just 81.6.

View the top cities for sleep across Connecticut.

The research revealed that cities near the top of the list have minimal levels of air pollution, which is a contributing factor to sleeping habits. High levels of air pollution correlate with increased rates of breathing diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. These are strongly linked with obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder.

Hopefully, this extended period of working from home will help to reduce air pollution and therefore contribute to the addition of even more sleep hours banked per month.