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January 3, 2019

Hicken comments on racial & ethnic differences in loss of sleep

New research finds U.S. adults are reporting getting less sleep, a trend which began in 2013. While Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks were more likely to report less sleep, the difference was not explained by markers of social advantage. Margaret Hicken says, “It is likely that there are structural factors that interfere with adequate sleep. Black and Latino Americans have and continue to live in very different neighborhoods compared to white Americans. Furthermore, Black and Latino Americans experience greater social stressors that do not center necessarily on poverty or crime but include the more common need to be continually vigilant about navigating everyday life in a racially-hierarchical society.”

Read the full article, More U.S. adults losing sleep in recent years