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Cost of moving: Lack of sleep in Louisville

If you live in Louisville, you might not be getting enough sleep - and it could cost you.

If you live in Louisville, you might not be getting enough sleep - and it could cost you.

If you live in one of the cities healthy-living group Real Age recently rated as one of the worst for getting a good night's sleep, it may be time to call a moving company, toss your mattress in a van and hightail it to somewhere you can actually get some rest.

Anyone who has ever suffered from a prolonged bout of insomnia will tell you: Not getting enough sleep is the worst. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 40 million Americans suffer from more than 70 different kinds of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, moodiness and lowered inhibitions. If the problem persists long enough, it could negatively impact your immune and cardiovascular systems. The APA estimates as many as 1,550 deaths each year can be attributed to driving without adequate sleep.

For the Real Age study, cities were ranked based on whether residents reported changes in their sleep schedules of more than two hours compared with earlier answers to an online test. And when it comes to a restless night's sleep, no city quite matches Louisville, Kentucky. Real Age isn't the only analysis site to come to the same conclusion. Real estate guru Bert Sperling also recently ranked the city as the worst for sleeping.

CBS Sunday Morning broke down some of the reasons Louisvillians might find it hard to hunker down for the night. Many of the area's residents work the overnight shift at a large UPS hub, which could contribute to above average reports of sleeplessness. The city also ranks high in unemployment and divorce rates, both major potential sources of stress, according to CBS. In fact, Sperling once ranked the city his "No. 3 Hypertension Hotspot." He did, however, note that the cost of living is roughly 15 percent lower than the national average, which could help alleviate some of the stress.

Lack of sleep is associated with poor performance in school and reduced productivity at work, according to the APA. Each year, it costs America roughly $15.9 million in direct costs and between $50 billion and $100 billion in indirect costs.

So where can you go to break the cycle of poor sleep? Try Charlotte, North Carolina. The city was ranked No. 1 on the Real Age survey. Sperling, meanwhile, consistently ranks the city as among the "manliest" in the country. Perhaps it's all the testosterone that tuckers out the residents.