A report from The Huffington Post examines the black-white sleep gap and a new study that aims to investigate the obstacles to good sleep in a predominantly black neighborhood in Boston.

This “black-white sleep gap” gained national attention last year, when a groundbreaking study on race and sleep disturbances published in the journal Sleep found that black Americans got less sleep than white Americans and suffered a higher incidence of disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia. Neither the CDC report nor the research published in Sleep investigated why this is the case, but the lead author of the latter study is working to get answers.

“It was impossible to ignore the fact that Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans, as a group, are getting the least sleep, and among the worst sleep, of all Americans,” Dr. Susan Redline, a Harvard Medical School professor and researcher at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told The Huffington Post.

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