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Blacks in U.S. May be at Higher Risk for Health Problems from Insufficient Sleep

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, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). “Short sleep” has been linked with increased risk of health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and death. The researchers also found that Black professionals had the highest prevalence of short sleep and White professionals had the lowest prevalence. The study appears online September 9, 2013 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.