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.

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