Why Sleep Matters to Your Health

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Blacks Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Past studies have found that African-Americans sleep less than others. We are more likely to work right up until we go to bed, lose more sleep over work, have more stress and money concerns than whites, are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night, are more likely to unintentionally fall asleep during the day, are more likely to be on medication for sleep issues and more likely to think we don’t need that much sleep to function. 

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