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Poll Reveals Sleep Differences among Ethnic Groups

The 2010 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups.

Highlights

  •  More than three-fourths of respondents from each ethnic group agree that poor sleep is associated with health problems (76-83%)
  • All groups report disturbingly similar experiences missing work or family functions because they were too sleepy (19-24%)
  • Blacks/African-Americans spend much more time in bed without sleeping than the other ethnic groups (54 minutes on weekdays/workdays and 71 minutes on non-workdays/weekends)
  • Asians report getting the best sleep, report the least amount of sleep problems and infrequent use of sleep aids
  • Hispanics are the most likely to say they are kept awake by financial, employment, personal relationship and/or health-related concerns

 

A summary of the report may be found here.

June 8, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health |

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