African-Americans Don’t Sleep As Well as Other Ethnic Groups

By Swahili Scientists

man-insomnia[1]Fewer black people are able to sleep for the recommended six to nine nightly hours than any other ethnic group in the United States and a smaller percentage of African Americans’ rest is spent in “slow-wave sleep,” the deepest and most restorative phase of sleep that produces the most benefits in healing and cognition, according to the LA Times.

 

A lack of sound sleep has cascading effects on racial health disparities, including an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

This lack of sleep is largely due to the lack of access to safe, reliable and comfortable sleep environments. Needless to say, this is a result of racism in the US.

 

Therefore, the most effective way for African Americans to obtain more sleep is simply to fight racism.

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