Sleep-related behaviors and beliefs associated with race/ethnicity in women

J Natl Med Assoc. 2013 Spring;105(1):4-15. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30080-8.


Explore how social factors influence sleep, especially sleep-related beliefs and behaviors. Sleep complaints, sleep hygiene behaviors, and beliefs about sleep were studied in 65 black/African American and white/European American women. Differences were found for snoring and discrepancy between sleep duration and need. Sleep behaviors differed across groups for napping, methods for coping with sleep difficulties, and nonsleep behaviors in bed. Beliefs also distinguished groups, with differences in motivation for sleep and beliefs about sleep being important for health and functioning. These findings have important public health implications in terms of developing effective sleep education interventions that include consideration of cultural aspects.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Culture*
  • Ethnicity*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / ethnology*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology