Blacks In Professional Roles More Likely To Sleep Less

A man resting his head on his deskBlack Americans are more likely than whites to get too little sleep and this disparity is greatest among people in professional occupations, a new study shows.

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Lack of sleep has been linked with increased risk of health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even death.

For the study, researchers analyzed data collected from nearly 137,000 American adults between 2004 and 2011, and found that 30 percent of them were short sleepers (getting less than seven hours of sleep a night), 31 percent were optimal sleepers (getting about seven hours of sleep a night), and 39 percent were long sleepers (getting more than seven hours of sleep a night).