Actigraphic Sleep Patterns of U.S. Hispanics: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos

Sleep. 2017 Feb 1;40(2):zsw049. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsw049.


Study objective: To assess the extent to which objective sleep patterns vary among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos.

Methods: We assessed objective sleep patterns in 2087 participants of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos from 6 Hispanic/Latino subgroups aged 18-64 years who underwent 7 days of wrist actigraphy.

Results: The age- and sex-standardized mean (SE) sleep duration was 6.82 (0.05), 6.72 (0.07), 6.61 (0.07), 6.59 (0.06), 6.57 (0.10), and 6.44 (0.09) hr among individuals of Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, Puerto Rican, and South American heritage, respectively. Sleep maintenance efficiency ranged from 89.2 (0.2)% in Mexicans to 86.5 (0.4)% in Puerto Ricans, while the sleep fragmentation index ranged from 19.7 (0.3)% in Mexicans to 24.2 (0.7)% in Puerto Ricans. In multivariable models adjusted for age, sex, season, socioeconomic status, lifestyle habits, and comorbidities, these differences persisted.

Conclusions: There are important differences in actigraphically measured sleep across U.S. Hispanic/Latino heritages. Individuals of Mexican heritage have longer and more consolidated sleep, while those of Puerto Rican heritage have shorter and more fragmented sleep. These differences may have clinically important effects on health outcomes.

Keywords: Hispanic/Latino; actigraphy; sleep.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Actigraphy / methods*
  • Actigraphy / psychology
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexican Americans / psychology
  • Mexico / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Puerto Rico / ethnology
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Social Class
  • United States / ethnology