It’s not really SPLC, but you could’ve fooled me. This article in the National Journal, “The Black-White Sleep Gap,” tells the tale of well-funded researchers setting out to “compare how blacks and whites experienced slow-wave sleep” in their quest for racial justice, and it is written that “what they found was disturbing.” It seems that blacks don’t sleep as well as whites, and as “a matter of public health,” researchers needed to find out why. Among other things, it seems that more discrimination = less sleep.
People who are discriminated against, she believes, carry worry throughout the day. And that worry literally keeps them up at night. “It’s uncomfortable for them to sleep because they are thinking back over mistreatment, thinking back over maltreatment, thinking back over bias they experienced,” she says. “In thinking about those experiences, they are getting more aroused, more cognitive arousal, which does the opposite of what you need it to do to go to sleep.”
And there’s also “racial disparity” when it comes to sleep apnea. As predicted, the entire piece begs for public policy intervention to close the gap in sleep. So now, even sleeping well is considered white privilege. #WhiteSleepMattersNot.
Credit to Larry Pater Beane for the blog title.