A symposium taking place until 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time is focusing on the associations between ethnicity and sleep disorders. Topics of discussion include current research in sleep health disparities and etiological differences in ethnic groups.
A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP reported that independent relationships between race and financial strain with sleep were observed despite statistical adjustment for other factors. Sleep was worse in African-American women than Caucasian women; slow wave sleep differences also were observed between Chinese and Caucasian women.
A 2008 study in the journal SLEEP reported that the prevalence of periodic limb movements in sleep was lower in African Americans than in Caucasians.
A 2008 study in the journal Ethnicity & Disease reported that blacks, Hispanics, and Asians were less likely than whites to report frequent sleep insufficiency.
The AASM also reports that in younger age groups, obstructive sleep apnea has been reported to be more prevalent in African Americans compared with Caucasians.
You can download the SLEEP 2009 abstract supplement as an 11 MB file in PDF format.