A report from the Latin Post examines the issue of sleep disorders and sleep quality among minority groups such as Chinese Americans, African Americans, and Latinos.
Sleep inequality in a real issue in the U.S. The benefits of adequate sleep include improved memory, a longer life, stamina and increased creativity. Yet, communities of color are less likely than non-Hispanic white to get a good night’s sleep, and more likely to suffer from disordered sleep.
Northwestern University, Harvard, University of Minnesota and Columbia collaborated to author a cross-sectional study on sleep disturbances and its manifestation across racial/ethnic groups. Sleep disordered breathing (SDB), poor sleep quality and insomnia was objectively measured to understand the quality of sleep experienced by individuals of different races/ethnicities.
The report “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Sleep Disturbances: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)” offered findings concerning sleep disturbances and undiagnosed sleep apnea among different racial groups in the U.S. The report confirmed the high prevalence of undiagnosed sleep apnea and sleep disturbances among people of color. In fact, African Americans are five times more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to suffer from short sleep duration.