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Monday, April 16, 2018

Black Americans don’t sleep as well as white Americans. That’s a problem.

Not a new finding. Culturally, there are variances in the importance placed upon sleep. Some cultures may not stress a set bedtime and wake time as a routine within the household. What we know is you are likely to have less sleep issues: -If you grew up in a home where there was a set bedtime and wake time; -If you were not permitted to have electronics in the bedroom (traditionally, televisions; but, today to include any devices/screens used for entertainment); -If you had a dedicated space/room to do homework which was not the bedroom; -If you grew up with structured extracurricular athletics that permitted routine exercise. As an adult, poor sleep habits which cause a chronic partial sleep deprivation have job performance consequences. Workers so suffering may be perceived as "lazy" workers, but in reality they are sleepy workers.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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