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Uncovering Racial Disparities in Sleep Health

January 10, 2014



NY Times- In response to a NY Times blog post about the health burden of upward mobility, HMS DSM researchers Chandra Jackson, Susan Redline, and Frank Hu discuss their recent findings on racial disparities in sleep health. The researchers found that the greatest disparities in sleep adequacy exist between African-Americans and whites in high professional and administrative roles. This suggests that high socioeconomic status is beneficial for healthy sleep among whites but negatively associated with sleep health among African-Americans, possibly because African-American professionals are subject to greater pressure with more limited professional networks for emotional and financial support, discrimination or micro-aggressions experienced in the workplace, and hypervigilance because of a perceived high work ethic needed to succeed. The full study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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