Sleep difficulty more persistent among blacks


Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept at all and dreading the new day?  You’re not alone: 1 in 3 Americans are sleep deprived.  However, if you’re African American, you’re more likely to sleep poorly.

This black-white sleep gap, highlighted as early as 2007, has since been confirmed in multiple research studies.  According to the CDC, 45 percent of blacks get less than 7 hours of sleep compared to 33 percent of whites and Hispanics.

So why do African Americans sleep more poorly than many other ethnic groups?

A number of explanations have been put forth with varying degrees of evidence.  Possible causes include neighborhood effects, discrimination, socioeconomic factors, and sleep disruptions from other health conditions.  

Epidemiologic research…

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