U.S. Blacks, Hispanics Losing More Sleep Over Worries

Michelle Nichols, Reuters, March 8, 2010

Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than whites and Asians to lose sleep over job and money worries, a sleep survey released on Monday found.

The National Sleep Foundation telephone poll of more than 1,000 people from the four ethnic groups also showed that more black Americans are likely to do job related work before bed.

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Black Americans are also more likely to pray and have sex before going to bed and need the least amount of sleep to function, the survey found.

“The hour before bed is an important time to relax and wind-down before going to sleep,” says Thomas Balkin, chairman of the National Sleep Foundation.

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Asians report getting the best sleep, having the least amount of sleep problems and the most infrequent use of sleep aids, the poll showed, while whites are more likely to sleep with their pet or partner.

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Whites and Asians were more likely than blacks and Hispanics to blame a lack of sleep for harming their job performance, hindering their ability to carry out household duties and care for their family.

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