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Researchers Find Link Between Race and Health Issues from Short Sleep

September 9, 2013

According to a study by HMS DSM researchers Susan Redline and Michelle Williams, blacks are more likely than whites to sleep less than seven hours a night and the black-white sleep disparity is greatest in professional occupations, based on self reports of nearly 137,000 U.S. adults. Short sleep has been linked with increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and death.  

The study, which appears online September 9, 2013 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discusses possible sleep disrupting factors that affect blacks more than whites including job strain; increased stress from discrimination or harassment in the workplace; limited control over job demands or prestige; limited professional and social networks providing emotional or financial support; long work hours; shift work; and greater home stress.

For more information view the full press release from Harvard School of Public Health.

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