A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine finds racial differences in sleep patterns and practices among older women. The study found that Black women tended to support unhealthy beliefs, attitudes, and practices regarding sleep than White women. The focus group study found that Black women were more likely than White women to turn to alcohol as a sleep aid and were more likely to read, watch television, or do other activities in bed. Participating in these activities in bed can cause difficulties in falling asleep, according to the researchers.
The study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, also found racial differences in napping behavior and snoring. However, the study determined that there were no overall differences in sleep quality, daytime napping, or daytime drowsiness.