Asians Report Getting the Best Sleep
March 22, 2010
According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2010 Sleep in America poll, Asians are the most likely ethnic group to say that they had a good night's sleep at least a few nights or more a week. In addition, Asians are about half as likely to discuss their sleep issues with a healthcare professional, and are half as likely to report having been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Asians are the least likely to report using sleep medication at least a few nights a week (5% versus 13% Whites, 9% Blacks/African-Americans and 8% Hispanics).
- Asians are the least likely (9%) to say that they "rarely" or "never" have a good night's sleep, compared with 20% of Whites, 18% of Blacks/African-Americans and 14% of Hispanics.
- The poll shows that Asians are more than twice as likely to use the Internet every night in comparison to any other group (51% versus 22% Whites, 20% Blacks/African-Americans, 20% Hispanics). They are also the least likely to watch TV an hour before sleep (52% versus 64% Whites, 72% Hispanics and 75% Blacks/African-Americans).
- Asians report the use of herbal and alternative therapies at rates similar to Hispanics (2% each), but less than Whites (4%).
- Asians report the lowest rates of losing sleep due to personal financial concerns at least a few nights a week (9% versus 22% Hispanics, 20% Whites and 19% Blacks/African-Americans).
There are things we can all do to improve our chances of getting better quality sleep. Here are five tips:
- Use the bed and bedroom for sleep and sex only.
- Establish a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule.
- Do not eat or drink too much close to bedtime.
- Create a sleep-promoting environment that is dark, cool and comfortable.
- Avoid disturbing noises – consider a bed-side fan or white-noise machine to block out disturbing sounds.
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