Who gets the best sleep? Ethnic and socioeconomic factors related to sleep complaints

Sleep Med. 2010 May;11(5):470-8. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2009.10.006.

Abstract

Objectives: Lower socioeconomic status is associated with short or long sleep duration and sleep disturbance (e.g., sleep apnea), which are all related to increased mortality risk. General sleep complaints, however, which may better approximate symptoms as they are experienced, have not been examined in a large population sample.

Methods: Sample consisted of n=159,856 participants from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, representing 36 states/regions across the US. Sleep complaints were measured with a telephone survey item that assessed "trouble falling asleep," "staying asleep" or "sleeping too much." Data analysis utilized hierarchical logistic regression and Rao-Schott chi(2).

Results: Asian respondents reported the least complaints, and Hispanic/Latino and Black/African-American individuals reported fewer complaints than Whites. Lower income and educational attainment was associated with more sleep complaints. Employment was associated with less sleep complaints and unemployment with more. Married individuals reported the least sleep complaints. Significant interactions with race/ethnicity indicate that the relationship between sleep complaints and marital status, income and employment differs among groups for men, and the relationship with education differs among groups for women.

Conclusions: Rates of sleep complaints in African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian/Other groups were similar to Whites. Lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher rates of sleep complaint.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Marriage / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / epidemiology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / ethnology*
  • Sleep*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States / epidemiology