Why black Americans are getting less sleep

Published on Apr 12, 2018
How the sleep gap reflects inequality and contributes to it.
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A good night’s rest is critical for your health, and a lot can go wrong when you don’t get enough it. Sleep deprivation can contribute to obesity, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, and more. The minimum recommended amount for adults is 7 hours (this too can vary from person to person). But, a third of Americans are sleep deprived - and on average, Black Americans are clocking in the least amount of z’s.
Black Americans already face steep disparities in health, and not getting enough good sleep can compound on those issues. By examining the sleep gap, and addressing the root causes, we may be able to tackle other inequalities in the US too.
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Comments

  • I bet poor white Americans get less sleep too.

  • Rich people have better quality of life than poor people....fact of life. Us asian have it even worse, some of us got almost no sleep trying to keep our population largest in the world. I see this as a discrimination that we are not included in this study among the focus subject.

  • The question should be more of "What" is causing the lack of sleep for african americans and just humans in general and what are some possible solutions to that. The video is indeed informative, but having such a huge following to present the problem, there should also be information to promote ideas for individuals to come up with a solution.

  • Research also shows that black Americans are more likely to suffer from sleep paralysis. The cause of sleep paralysis is stress and anxiety.

  • So black Americans are getting less sleep?

  • this is actual comedy gold thank you vox

  • I wanna know the main reason people don't get enough sleep because they're not allowed to even sleep at work people work such busy schedules that it's now impossible to take a nap and that a time Unless you don't wanna eat lunch which is just as unhealthy

  • Door lock : 100$ Ear plugs : 1$ Fan : 30$ Reducing the racial sleep gap : Priceless.

  • Vox is the Breitbart of the left

  • THANK YOU for saying black american instead of african american. I hate that word.

  • White Americans are under constant stress to succeed and do well in school because we have high standards. How about talking about how white students are losing sleep?

  • “Sleep is raycissst!!”

  • Shitty video it isnt discrimination. It could be that the majority of black americans work for long hours at low pay jobs, it could also be genetics

  • Dam white people and there *shuffle deck picks card* sleep

  • Beds are racist

  • Wow, black people will blame white people for anything.

  • Late April Fool's joke

  • Is dat why Dey bring Dey babees to de laundrymat at 3 in the morning?

  • “Black people have less solid poops throughout their day. Is it a diet issue? Or is oppression once again rearing it’s ugly head?”

  • Wtf was this post for? This was a literal waste.

  • #FUCKVOX

  • well prisonbeds arent supposed to be comfy

  • Why are “black Americans” not getting enough sleep. Oh boy can’t wait to hear this bullshit...Manage better lifestyles and you’ll sleep better. Problem solved problem staying solved.

  • SOURCES PLEASE

  • This is so stupid, victimization is so dangerous, I see in your vid that poor people and any other with stress no matter which race they are, if they can enter in those descriptions they will be affected. Then why did you make it about poor you? Nonsense.

  • I’m literally watching this at 2 in the morning

  • Very good Vlog!!!!

  • People trashing this video have no imagination whatsoever! It makes absolute sense and is supported by many studies. Read something before you react for once!!! www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25770043/

  • I love reading the racist excuses for white supremacy. I suspect this, for the majority of white people, is the norm. And no, I'm not black. (Nor am I a liberal or a Muslim.)

  • Why is vox so obsessed with race

  • I wonder how many people actually watched the video and reasoned the points presented before pressing the dislike button and expressing their pseudo-wisdom.

    • Cultof Ian I believe it's trying to point out the correlation between sleeping habits and status quo. Its not trying to say, "every black person," rather, as you say, a broad statement. You can make broad statements like that based off a sample group. In other words, it's not meant to be taken as everybody who is black sleeps worse, it's simply pointing out the connections. While I did not agree with every single point the video makes, it doesn't render everything it's trying to convey "stupid."

    • The problem is the generalizing of races. Some black people pop a xan after school and sleep through the night and some white people stay up all night smoking meth, we're all fuckn individuals. There taking some small random piece data to make all sorts of generalizations about race and it doesn't help anybody. If anything they make black people look helpless and pathetic, like what's wrong with sleeping on a couch anyways? Besides its not like they surveyed everybody in the US. And if black people need more sleep, they just need to go to bed earlier. Also, why is it every white person's problem? What do they want from us anyways to start sleeping less? Its idiotic and pointless and any point that might have tried to be conveyed was lost to the stupidity of the subject matter.

    • Cultof Ian I'd recommend paying further attention to what it's saying. Part of the problem is a lack of comprehension.

    • If you pretend they have even half a point you're stupid and a part of the problem.

  • This proves these mfers make everything about race, EVERYTHING

  • If people with bad sleep get fat, thes should do sports in the evening untill they can sleep...

  • White people are triggered... Lol

  • I blame carbs, that is all.

  • Sleep quality is partially determined by how wealthy or discriminated you are? Good god, who writes this stuff?

  • Well my question won’t you black Americans travel to a land where u will not be discriminated against travel to Africa. You black Americans complain too damn much catch a clue change your environment travel stop being corporate slaves don’t y’all have any sense.

  • Gunshots? Crack? Bass? No Kool-Aid? White people stole your bed?

  • I find that social media doesn't help when it comes to sleep. This can especially be the case for African Americans. You go on Facebook see all types of stories about racism and police brutality then go to bed angry and upset.

  • I have a solution for the entire minority population, UNITE & PROTEST! Not everyday protest, Martin Luther King Protest, Vietnam protest. I know people work and have children but this has been proven time &a time again to work!

  • You see I like VOX but this is one of their really bad videos.

  • How can this study be credible when you can't even see black people in the dark to know where they at.

  • Crack and meth can cause stress eventually

  • Uhh it's not exlusive to one group of people...

  • Yeah that all makes sense, sucks balls too. Mostly i sleep well myself, but i certainly notice how it impacts my health when i don't. And I can easily see how dealing with prejudice would impact that.

  • I sleep fine lol

  • I sleep 4-5 hours. I wake up and I don't go back to sleep. Sometimes I go days weeks without sleep.

  • cuz sleep is the cousin of death

  • This is probably the worst video I've ever seen Vox publish. To state that discrimination may be a factor for the black American "sleep gap" is arguably the most preposterous thing I've ever heard. Look, the issues that impact black American culture has nothing to do with discrimination. Enough with that already. The primary issue that plagues black Americans is lack of personal accountability and ownership over one's self. This impacts EVERY culture on the planet, whites included, but is found far more often in black American culture than anything else. YOU are responsible for your own success. YOU are responsible for your own education. YOU are responsible for adhering and abiding by values that benefit both yourself and the ones around you. And for the love of all that is holy, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP! The day black Americans (culturally) begin to take ownership over yourself is the day the pay gap, sleep gap, life expectancy gap, etc levels out. There is no boogyman out there holding you back. The greatest enemy to one's success is themselves.

  • There are studies of lead (Pb) exposure done on rats; they show the neural system underlying circadian rhythms gets damaged directly. In such cases sleep disturbance does not have to be a side effect of stress, or mental health issues, or anything. It seems to me the claim of this video is a no brainier; but I guess that conflicts with racist stereotypes about laziness.

  • I pity those lads who spent hours of sleepless nights to edit the nice motion graphics just to produce this shitty content and be called privileged by this girl.

  • The ignorance in these comments is staggering. If you studied sociology, you’d know that Vox is highlighting the fact that black Americans face a sort of double disadvantage in that not only do they face discrimination but also anxiety as a result of it.

  • or just do like the germans and meth your way to poland

  • lol the sleep gap tho

  • i don't believe it

  • pretty sure no ones getting enough sleep

  • Hot take: America's cultural habit to include one's race into every topic is one of the biggest contributors to modern racism.

  • I feel like I should pity-like this...

  • Debt resource consistent so sacrifice precisely gate hopefully effectiveness everyone search host roof.

  • I'm pretty sure it's a problem for everyone. Not just black Americans

  • Because blacks are up at the crack of dawn supporting their families and building this country right? Oh wait....

  • Wow, sleep is good for you? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.

  • imagine a video called "Why white Americans are getting less sleep" .. it would make CNN/MSNBC

  • I got it I got it, I have to feel even more guilty about my white-greenish-yellowish skin. Give me a break, God !

  • It's not about color. Nobody is getting enough sleep.

  • 😂😂😂😂 Wow.... Just wow .... 😂😂😂😂 Damn i love this channel

  • I stopped watching when she basically said sleeping had to be in a bed.

  • The viewers of this channel are extremely racist. It's like every video that acknowledges black people's experience in this racist ass country gets the worst response and us filled with racist white trolls in the comment section. It's crazy how no matter what our experience is always belittled and ruled off but then we are forced to remember bullshit like memorial day, Pearl harbor, 9/11 and all that bullshit while white amerikkkans simultaneously deny and degrade black history smh

  • 7 hours recommended of sleep? you sure it's not 8...?

  • Too much 2 chains and henny. They need more family values and less liberal brainwash

  • Discrimination can be said to be one of the cause for low quality of sleep. Sleep is essential for everyone but when you specially focus on the African american community as a whole, financial struggle can be so stressful that it can hamper your sleep. Few solutions that i think can help are. 1) living in a good locality. or else keeping the locality clean where you live in. (FEEL GOOD MAKES YOU DO GOOD) 2) better education and family support from family. ( taking care of each other is very good in the community but also you all need to work on the educational part so that every one can support their families in the later run ) 3) Struggling with finance is heart-aching so understand how to live in limited amount of money with utmost dignity. and then saving the money you earn for your well being 4) Try living a modest life (simple living and high thinking) 5) Drugs are one of the major cause which have led the community in such hardships. try to avoid it if you can. 6) Human being is a social animal we need to interact with other people of the community but the only thing that i found lacking is the co-ordination with the others in the society. 7) try not to do anything illegal.

  • Remind me, which side is the racist, stereotypical one again?

  • "people" aren't getting enough sleep, not just black ppl you damn racists

  • "Why black Americans are getting less sleep" Guilt that whites have been paying their way all these years.

  • That's what crack,rap and wearing your pants on your knees does to you.

  • With all rhe dislikes. Its like v o x cant do any interesting videos

  • 2:04 and there it is blaming racism on your problems when it's not the real issue

  • lmao this is so retarded straight up just retarded

  • its actually because they drink so much lean

  • this is the root cause of police brutality, plz sleep more black folks

  • Where was this study done? What sources?

  • THEY STRESSED BECAUSE THEY CANT USE THE 'BLACK CARD' IN THIS NEW 'PC' WORLD . . .

  • Because their brain is smaller so they sleep less.

  • I am so black

  • propaganda video

  • Not gonna lie Vox... as a black American I’m cringing like a mf at this video.

  • Lmao terrible amount of dislike

  • Vox can you do some video about just Native Americans . You guys do a whole bunch of videos on other races but not Native Americans.

  • All facts. Thanks Vox.

  • I think Vox published this 11 days late...

  • Sooooo you are saying that black people are getting heart disease because of discrimination? Really!?

  • I can't sleep cause of ya'll, Ya'll can't cause of me!

  • The discrimination seems a bit of a stress for some regions, I've seen places where it's almost started to reverse

  • YOU DONT GET MUCH SLEEP BECAUSE YOU CHOKE ON YOUR NECK FAT IN YOUR SLEEP

  • Vox is the new onion.

  • moreover closet whose narrow curriculum aim official bit minimize

  • Sleep is racist 😴

  • .... and there it is: "discrimination". I am a social outcast. I am discriminated all the time and I get my sleep. Anyone who doesn't get their sleep is their own fault.

  • Anytime Vox does a video about Black people, even if its positive, the racists come out. Why do ya'll hate us so much? Why are you obsesses obsessed with attacking Blacks?

  • WAIT WHY THE HELL DOES THIS VIDEO HAVE 10K UP VOTES AFRICAN AMERICANS CANT BE VOTING POSITIVELY FOR THIS FOOLISHNESS