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NSL’s 2010 Sleep in America Poll: Asians Get a Better Night’s Sleep

A recent Sleep in America poll sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSL) 2010 found that 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.

T.S. Wiley, who wrote Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival talks about how the light bulb put us out of sync with nature. In days gone by, people spent the summer sleeping less and eating heavily in preparation for winter because light triggers the hunger for carbohydrates. Now, with light available 24 hours a day, we gulp down food all year long, and we spend more time indoors, in light.

It seems as if Asians are about half as likely to discuss their sleep issues with a healthcare professional. They are also half as likely to report having been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. The least likely to report using sleep medication at least a few nights a week (5 percent versus 13 percent Whites, 9 percent Blacks/African-Americans and 8 percent Hispanics), Asians are also the least likely (9 percent) to say that they “rarely” or “never” have a good night’s sleep. This is compared with 20 percent whites, 18 percent of Blacks/African-Americans, and 14 percent Hispanics.

The poll also shows that Asians are more than twice as likely to use the Internet every night in comparison to any other group (51 percent versus 22 percent Whites, 20 percent Blacks/African-Americans, 20 percent Hispanics)

In addition, Asians are also the least likely to watch TV an hour before sleep 52 percent versus 64 percent Whites, 72 percent Hispanics and 75 percent Blacks/African-Americans)

Asians report the use of herbal and alternative therapies at rates similar to Hispanics (2 percent each), but less than Whites (4 percent).

Asians report the lowest rates of losing sleep due to personal financial concerns at least a few nights a week (9 percent versus 22 percent Hispanics, 20 percent Whites and 19 percent Blacks/African-Americans).

We have all heard about some of the things we can do to improve our chances of getting better quality sleep. Here are some of the tips:

-The bed and bedroom is for sleep and sex only.
-You need to establish a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule.
-Never eat or drink too much close to bedtime.
-Try to create a sleep-promoting environment that is dark, cool and comfortable.
-Always avoid disturbing noises – consider a bed-side fan or white-noise machine to block out disturbing sounds.
-Learn more about how you can get a good night’s sleep with these tips, or check out this sleep boxset with a helpful book.

For more information go to http://www.thewileyprotocol.com

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