Black Professionals More Likely to Skimp on Sleep

Kim Painter, USA Today, September 10, 2013

Black adults are more likely than whites to skimp on sleep, and the sleep gap is especially wide for black professionals, a new study shows.

The study from Harvard School of Public Health focused on so-called “short sleepers”—adults who routinely get less than seven hours of sleep each night. The study found they make up 29% of the population. But they were more common among blacks (37%) than whites (28%) in the nationally representative survey of 136,815 men and women. The results were published online Monday in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Researchers aren’t sure why the gap exists but they are concerned because sleeping less than seven hours a night is linked with a heightened risk of early death and with chronic health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Even after accounting for age, socioeconomic status and habits such as drinking and smoking, they found differences between blacks and whites who had similar jobs. The short sleepers included:

  • 42% of black and 26% of white professionals and managers.
  • 37% of black and 26% of white support service workers.
  • 35% of black and 32% of white laborers.

The gap was not found among food and retail workers. The overall racial gap was similar in men and women.

In general, the study suggests that moving up the professional ladder in any occupation results in sleep losses for blacks but gains for whites, Jackson says.

One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says. {snip}

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  • I only read the headline.

    I bet somewhere in the article, we find out that this is the fault of white people.

    Am I right, or right?

    • Martel

      It better be, I need my fix.

    • David Ashton

      Yes, right at the end.

      Personally I don’t think this article is particularly meaningful or important one way or another.

    • A Freespeechzone

      It’s ALWAYS the fault of Whites because blacks cannot compete on the basis of results.

  • Martel

    Another possible explanation is the difficulty for blacks to operate in a society build by and only therefore, for whites, no different then I would struggle in a society tailor-made for negroes. Our customs and traditions, and naturally, the intellectual challenge our business environment poses, makes life difficult for those who have a different mentality due to physiological and hormonal differences.

    In athletics, there are some who lack talent but make up in terms of work ethic(overachievers), they drain themselves trying to compete with those who are talented. And on a surface level, they appear to be doing well, especially if they are given preferential treatment. But you cant cheat reality.

  • APaige

    The sleep gap? Well they make up for it by not working as hard during the day.

  • AutomaticSlim

    “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an
    “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative
    stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says. {snip}”

    Another possible explanation:
    Hitting the AA gravy train gets “Devantius” more money to go out carousing every night.

  • [Guest]

    The “sleep gap” isn’t important. What’s important is the fact that there’s a natural unbridgeable chasm between races that fools never cease trying to bridge.

  • Spartacus

    “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an
    “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative
    stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I nearly fell of my chair laughing . “Work ethic” ? Really ? Pick out any of these groids, and have them spell “Work ethic” , let’s see how well that goes.

  • [Guest]

    >>>…The study suggests that moving up the professional ladder in any occupation results in sleep losses for blacks but gains for whites…

    Or maybe climbing the ladder is conducive to sound sleeping, whereas being pushed and pulled up the ladder because you’re black is harmful to sleep. Alternately, maybe those who didn’t earn their jobs and can’t perform them satisfactorily get their sleep in at the workplace rather than after work hours.

  • Rhialto

    Another explanation would be that Black professionals have the intelligence to realize that they are unqualified or under qualified for their jobs, and Diversity is their fairy godmother. When other minorities (Asian, Indian, Hispanic, Muslim, etc.) gain control, they will be trash canned ASAP.

  • libertarian1234

    “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says.”

    Nonsense. I know of none who are THAT dedicated to their jobs.

    Since most of them were awarded their positions based on race, they lose sleep wondering if somebody is going to pop up with information proving they’re incompetent.

  • jambi19

    But a lot of AA.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    USA Today is a negrophilic rag

    And so is their Sunday supplement, which is inserted into hundreds of other papers across the country every week. That has to have at least one black face in every issue, even if its only the use of a model in one of their images, and a black on the cover about every other week, along with an article on the importance of “volunteering” *which only whites tend to do) and other pap.

    • NorthSea

      I’m suspicious of any newspaper In color. Actually, I’m suspicious of the ones in black and white, as well.

    • Romulus

      You get the pot ,in my book. As I’ve always known,that newspaper? Is nothing more than azz kissing multi culti propagandist left leaning pile squat. Then again, most of the major print publications in America are. One only has to see who the editor is to understand why.

  • Erasmus

    Oh, yeah? My experience has been that “black professionals” (read: AA hires) are more likely to skimp on work.

    You’ve only to look at the White House to see how true that is.

    • NorthSea

      And DOJ.

      • me

        Nope. They’re TOO busy over there, attacking ‘Whitey’.

    • me

      LOL!

  • Erasmus

    From USA Today, and here I was so sure it was from The Onion.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Researchers aren’t sure why the gap exists

    Perhaps getting insufficient sleep is a sign of lower intelligence, considering all the cautions about getting adequate sleep we have been bombarded with over the years. But I don’t think that’s an explanation USA Today would care to hear.

  • Evette Coutier

    Their poor sleeping habits can be linked to pre-civil war racism. I’m calling for justice, I’m calling for reparations, sleep reparations.

    • me

      “Sleep reparations for sleep depravations! We demand it!” LOL!

  • bubo

    One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says.

    How did I know this would be the most likely explanation?

    • me

      Because it’s a script. The same, tired, worn out script the Marxists have been saying for the last fifty years or so.

  • So CAL Snowman

    The city of Detroit is a monument to the black work ethic.

    • IstvanIN

      It don’t be dey falt dat dey put da back bumppa in da front.

  • IstvanIN

    They make up their sleep deprivation by sleeping at work.

  • e2657383

    Are they up late doing the same thing former Washington Mayor Berry did?

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says”

    Yeah that is a “possible” explanation, however a plausible explanation is it is because the are out spreading venereal disease and getting their grape drank on.

  • 48224

    I used to work with a black guy in an office setting who was sleepy ALL THE TIME. He claimed he slept 8 hours every night and the entire weekend just to stay awake at work. His white room-mate did confirm that he indeed slept as much as he claimed. That and other personal experiences make me believe that blacks sleep far more than whites. However, I am not surprised that “a study” found the exact opposite.

    • kjh64

      It could be that he had sleep apnea. People with this condition never go into a deep sleep which makes them sleepy all the time.

      • 48224

        i doubt it, he was skinny and 24 years old.

      • pcmustgo

        I have sleep disorders, so it’s nothing to knock… it’s a genuine health issue… I can’t work a 9-5 because of it.

  • 48224

    Other explanations:
    The gun shots in the next room or outside keep them awake.
    There is a warrant for them and they are afraid of getting caught, lose sleep.
    The 37 pit-bulls in the back yard bark all night and keep them awake.
    They are afraid the Chrysler 300 they stole will be stolen back…. or repo’ed and they loose sleep with worry.
    They are afraid they will be arrested for not paying child support. “I ain’t dat baby daddy” syndrome.

    • me

      Don’t forget the bruthas on the ‘down low’, the crack house parties, the gang banging, the knockout games, and the marches against ‘raaaycism’. No wonder the Bantu is exhausted….

  • MBlanc46

    “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an
    “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative
    stereotypes” and discrimination at work, she says.”

    Another possible explanation: They stay up half the night to “partay!”

  • scutum1

    Question Diversity: It does say in the above article that “One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an “extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes” and discrimination at work.” Of course the implication is that the lack of sleep is caused by Yakub’s creations; the white devils that are discriminating against these magic negroes.

  • TheAntidote

    Oh, sheit! Eben dee sand man beez raycis!

    • me

      Well, the Sandman is usually portrayed as Whitey or Asian.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    Blacks with an extraordinarily strong work ethic.

    Sure thing. They work giving leprechauns tours of the unicorn farm. Seriously. I’ve seen more credible evidence of the existence of Bigfoot than ‘hard working’ blacks.

    • me

      Only if the Bantu is threatened by an ‘overseer’ with a whip will he put in a fair day’s work.

  • WR_the_realist

    The black professionals may have an extraordinarily strong work ethic in order to overcome their average IQ deficit. If I were a doctor with an IQ of 110 I’d have to work extra hard too to keep up with the doctors with IQs of 125. Or it may be that they live in neighborhoods where too many of their fellow blacks like to listen to rap at all hours of the night. That would give anybody a sleep deficit.

  • Alexandra1973

    Staying up late partying might cut into one’s sleep.

  • Bingo. Forget about sleep until your kid is two.

  • Can this suggestion be extended farther? Is Africa the mess it is because the poor locals aren’t getting enough sleep, or does this only apply to blacks in the developed West? If the latter, the only solution is repatriation.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Never forget that Michelle Obama had a job at a hospital–getting paid $350K/yr & spend most of her day reading the paper & making personal calls on the hospital phone–coworkers resented it; but nothing was EVER done about it.

    Michelle Obama IS the example of a ‘black professional’.

  • OlderWoman

    Go on. Admit it. Blame it on Whitey. And Racism.

    sarc/off

  • IstvanIN

    Don’t forget they need a siesta from 12-2:00!

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Have you ever noticed how black “professionals” are the ones who always have elaborate answers at the tips of their tongues during question and answer time at meetings, and how they use long, intelligent sounding words to make simple points? I wonder why that is. As the saying goes “an empty barrel………”.

  • jambi19

    Good for you. I agree with you and no one can take your on the job performance away from you.

  • Romulus

    Some of the articles of late selected for our nightly commentary are beginning to stray into tabloid territory. This is just such an example.

    • me

      The Marxist ‘mainstream media’ is as relevant and truthful as an episode of Jerry Springer.

      • Romulus

        Springer is one of the tribe as well.

  • me

    Yup. The Bantu is a nocturnal creature.

  • me

    Marxism is a mental disorder.

  • me

    Liberal nut jobs and the Marxists that pay them.

  • pcmustgo

    I mostly oppose it for immigrants…. I’m ok with the descendents of American slaves getting it… just not for immigrants.

  • pcmustgo

    It’s because they’re single parents. I’ve always said, it’s not that blacks don’t work hard, they don’t work smart. They make everything harder on themselves by having all these out of wedlock kids so young, then turn around and blame whites.

  • Carney3

    I skimp on sleep because I have to live 2 hours away from the diversity-blessed city where I work in order to afford a decent house in a safe neighborhood. 4 hours a day commuting, time away from my wife and children, my hobbies and causes.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    Yet a break I never had.