Sleep News Special Report || The sleep lives of African Americans

This special supplement aspires to raise awareness about sleep issues in our African American communities.

Let’s talk about racial discrimination and health on this MLK remembrance day. If he were alive today, Dr. King would still have a dream, and communities of color deserve the opportunity to sleep better and live better.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. by shining the spotlight on racial inequity and sleep

The following links connecting sleep health to and racism show that racial prejudice is an ongoing issue among our communities of color, presenting in a wide array of health problems.

While the focus for this curation is on African Americans, it’s my opinion that these stories range along a scope that relevantly reflects problems among all groups who suffer from discrimination, such as LGBTQA, women, and the disabled.

Ultimately, Dr. King would probably concur: everybody deserves the opportunity to dream. ~ The Curator

Dateline: January 11, 2018 from Journal of Neuroimmunology via MDLinx
Associations of postpartum sleep, stress, and depressive symptoms with LPS-stimulated cytokine production among African American and White women

“They observed that among African American women, both stress/distress and poor sleep quality influenced proinflammatory cytokine production during postpartum, significantly and uniquely. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: October 23, 2017 from PLOS One
Advancing the sleep/wake schedule impacts the sleep of African-Americans more than European-Americans

“Although sleep disruption and cognitive performance impairments have consequences for both African-Americans and European-Americans, results may be particularly critical for African-Americans, who are more likely to work shift work schedules compared to European-Americans. Findings have implications for how African-Americans may respond to jet travel or shiftwork relative to European-Americans. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: September 7, 2017 from Mercola
The Steep Cost of Sleep Deprivation

“African-American have a higher risk of heart disease than Caucasians and as much as 50 percent of this racial difference has been linked to blacks getting less sleep. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: August 7, 2017 from Black Doctor
Sleep Apnea & Insomnia Go Undiagnosed In Blacks At An Alarming Rate

Lead study author Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MS, MSW, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School: “African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, all of which have been shown to be associated with sleep. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: August 7, 2017 from TruthDig
Lower Sleep Quality for African-Americans May Link to Illness

“According to their model, about half of the racial difference in cardiometabolic disease risk could be explained by the sleep deprivation among African Americans—and really, only explained by sleep deprivation among black women, not men. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: August 3, 2017 from The Atlantic
The Uneven Health Toll of Sleep Deprivation

A lack of sleep might be contributing to racial disparities in diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, particularly for women. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: June 23, 2017 from CNN
The great American sleep recession

“Teenagers may be suffering the most. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health called the problem “The Great Sleep Recession” in a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. …African-American and Hispanic boys are the least likely to sleep enough. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: June 2017 from Annals of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology
Risk of obstructive sleep apnea in African American patients with chronic rhinosinusitis

“Implementation of a multivariable regression model for identifying adjusted risk factors revealed that African American patients had a significantly higher risk for OSA than white patients. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: May 30, 2017 from Sleep Review
Severe Pediatric Sleep Apnea in DC Hits African-American Low-income Families Hardest

“Kilaikode Cheruveettara, MD, and colleagues looked retrospectively at the medical records of 150* severe OSA patients who were seen in the health system’s Pediatric Sleep Center. …The vast majority of severe OSA patients were identified as being African American. African-American children had a two-year median duration of symptoms before being diagnosed—double that of white children. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: May 5, 2017 from Huffington Post
Five Things You Need to Know If You’re African American And Can’t Sleep

“African Americans are more tired than any other race in the U.S. In a recent CDC study, nearly 67 percent of white respondents got the minimum seven hours associated with good sleep habits. Just over half (54 percent) of African Americans achieved the same feat. Another study reveals African American participants were five times more likely than whites to get less than six hours of sleep a night. This sleep gap has sounded alarms for the health care provider community. … (click headline for more)


Dateline: April 23, 2017 from Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: African Americans don’t sleep as well as whites, an inequality stretching back to slavery

The racial sleep gap is largely a matter of unequal access to safe, reliable and comfortable sleep environments, and this sleeping inequality has a long history.(click headline for more)


Dateline: 2017 from National Sleep Foundation
What’s the connection between race and sleep disorders?

“These differences in sleep quality don’t just make minorities more likely to be tired; they may also have a domino effect on mental and physical health. Many of the health issues that affect racial minorities at higher rates, like heart disease and diabetes, can be linked with poor sleep. … (click headline for more)

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