White Americans Sleep Better: CDC Study

Posted: Feb 22 2016, 5:33am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


White Americans Sleep Better: CDC Study
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  • American Sleep Rhythms differentiated in accordance with Seniority, Ethnicity and Locality

A recent study discovered that American sleep rhythms could be differentiated in accordance with seniority, ethnicity and locality.

One third of America does not sleep well. That is a fact that has been corroborated by solid research. The CDC found that sleep patterns differed according to the race of the snoozing parties and their maturity not to mention the region they belonged to.

It was an interesting study. 65% of Americans slept soundly for the average seven hours per night thus clearing their bodies and minds of the previous physico-chemical debris that had collected like cobwebs. 

Those who were not getting enough shuteye included non-Hispanic blacks. 54.2% reported seven hours or more per nightly basis. Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reported 53.7% each.

As for American Indians and Native Alaskans, they reported 59.6% each. The study included 444,306 people from across the nation. The survey began in 2014. Non-Hispanic whites had the most satisfying and restful sleep.

They truly experienced energy-restoring sleep from which they woke up refreshed like a baby ready to face whatever challenges and obstacles that the day brought in its tow. 66.8% of them reported getting at least seven hours of deep sleep a night which was a good sign.  

The results of this study were parodied by the Twitterati. Such slogans as “Even our Sleep Habits are Divided across Racial Lines” and “Nobody Sleeps Better than White People” were posted online. Further insights of the study provoked ironic comments on Twitter and other online social media sites.

The jobless and the handicapped (or decrepit) slept less well like several others who were divorced, separated or widowed (60.2% and 51% respectively). In case of the latter three categories, the rate of sleep satisfaction was 55.7%. 

As for college graduates, they followed solid sleep schedules 71.5% of the time. The most peaceful sleepers came from South Dakota. All across the Great Plains things were calm and placid, which was a state that was conducive to a good night’s sleep.

In the southeastern region and the Appalachians, this was not the case at all. The rates of insomnia and obesity were similar across the board. Strangely, Hawaii was plagued with sleepless people.

No ready explanations could be found for this phenomenon. New York slept a little better than the people in Hawaii.  The results of the study showed that those who didn’t catch their Z’s were prone to contracting such lifestyle diseases as obesity, diabetes, cardiac disease and stroke.

Poor sleep patterns have also been linked with depression, drug abuse and weight problems.

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