Dorothy Bruck, a sleep psychologist and professor, discusses the host of stressors that can impair sleep, including a person’s social environment, according to an ABC report.
It’s not hard to imagine how noise, the weather, an unsettled child or a bad day at work could influence how you sleep.
But what about where you live, your ethnicity, your education, or your income?
Would a factory shift worker from a non-English speaking background who lives in a rough part of town be more likely to have poor sleep than a professional from a well-to-do suburb earning a stable income?
Not withstanding the sleep-disrupting pressures many professionals face — the answer is very possibly yes.
There’s likely a complex web of interactions at play, according to Dorothy Bruck, emeritus professor of psychology at Victoria University and a sleep psychologist with the Sleep Health Foundation.