Why black Americans are getting less sleep

  • Published on Apr 12, 2018
  • How the sleep gap reflects inequality and contributes to it.
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    A good night’s rest is critical for your health, and a lot can go wrong when you don’t get enough it. Sleep deprivation can contribute to obesity, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, and more. The minimum recommended amount for adults is 7 hours (this too can vary from person to person). But, a third of Americans are sleep deprived - and on average, Black Americans are clocking in the least amount of z’s.
    Black Americans already face steep disparities in health, and not getting enough good sleep can compound on those issues. By examining the sleep gap, and addressing the root causes, we may be able to tackle other inequalities in the US too.
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Comments • 8 973

  • Spoidd Michael
    Spoidd Michael 25 days ago

    Bu-but why? B why? B Y? B Y E?

  • Chuck
    Chuck Month ago

    Right....sleep is racist. Lmao

  • First Last
    First Last Month ago

    I would say fix it with a cup of warm milk, but that is racist too, right? vaticancatholic dot com for the truth

  • This subject Sucks
    This subject Sucks Month ago

    This video is racist

  • Matthew Spurs
    Matthew Spurs Month ago

    So Trump is racist, conservatives are racist, all cops are racist, and now sleep is racist? What's next black people? Is money racist because you guys make less money?

  • 200 iq rick and morty fan

    But of course. How can one sleep when they're this *woke* ?

  • I am Jobu is a fag
    I am Jobu is a fag Month ago +1

    They probably get less sleep from having to keep one eye open all the time for fear of other blacks killing them.

  • Mitch Cady
    Mitch Cady 2 months ago +1

    Came to see dislikes, stayed for comments. Stay woke guys.

  • anon
    anon 2 months ago

    Black American's make black people look bad. White American's make white people look bad. America makes human beings look bad.
    Race obsessed idiots.

  • Amazing Puppy Dogs 9
    Amazing Puppy Dogs 9 2 months ago +1


  • EtherealMemory92
    EtherealMemory92 2 months ago

    I don't get less sleep because I don't let anything worry me. I get my 8 hours everyday and feel so happy that I crave more of it everyday. Sleep is my escape from this miserable world. Soon we all will be asleep forever and I look forward to that beautiful day.

  • Christian Arevalo
    Christian Arevalo 2 months ago +1

    Sad that most people didn't even watch this video or understand it

  • Cole R
    Cole R 2 months ago

    Stfu with ur bullshit

  • Stapler
    Stapler 2 months ago

    Coming to see the dislikes lol

  • The National Meme
    The National Meme 2 months ago


  • TheInkCanvas
    TheInkCanvas 2 months ago

    Is it because you can't sleep and get arrested or sell drugs or loot stores and abandoned houses during a hurricane? Maybe it's because they are too stressed out by wishing they were white and had better credit.

  • Antonio Castellanos
    Antonio Castellanos 2 months ago +1

    Love vox videos. Notice: Whenever there is a vox video about gender or racial inequality I notice there are a lot more dislikes. Vox, you do a great job at not blaming but just telling a story, however, it really upsets people. Can you please make a video about this phenomenon? Please

  • jbvap
    jbvap 2 months ago +2

    This ended up being even more ridiculous than I thought itd be. According to the leftists black people cant do anything right, not even sleeping.

  • Emma_Jo
    Emma_Jo 2 months ago

    Everything is about race now.

  • Saral Thakur
    Saral Thakur 2 months ago +1

    Are black Americans so dumb? How is it other races who arrived in America don't face all this?
    What about Indians living in America? Why only there African Americans poor and have problem like this? Do white people only discriminate against them but not other races?
    It's almost as if your race is simply filled with losers and fail to help yourself.

  • ネ  Majuub
    ネ Majuub 3 months ago

    This girl been getting paid that good money for this

  • J2FINE1
    J2FINE1 3 months ago

    Damn white people and there *shuffles cards* sleep!

  • Edward Cruz
    Edward Cruz 3 months ago +2

    Everyone in the comments needs to calm down, this video was meant to tackle the study by searching for the reason to why their is a difference in sleep between races in America.

  • Zen
    Zen 3 months ago

    This is sad bruh

  • Makeesha Šímqś0ñ
    Makeesha Šímqś0ñ 3 months ago


  • a shiteu
    a shiteu 3 months ago

    this video is just a fcking jokeee

    THEGRINCH 3 months ago


  • SD2018
    SD2018 3 months ago

    Didn't even answear the damn question...

  • So So
    So So 3 months ago +1

    Maybe cuz yall dont work

  • fuzzy
    fuzzy 3 months ago

    Its not a race thing

  • How bout' you chill
    How bout' you chill 3 months ago

    Tf is this lololol

  • David Lime
    David Lime 3 months ago

    Vox logic=Damn white people and their *pulls card* sleep

  • Jason Bowden
    Jason Bowden 3 months ago

    I thought when I read the thumbnail to this video it might not be about blaming white people. Turns out I’m wrong. How crazy is it that black people being delusional is keeping them up and now it’s our fault. White privilege does not exist and racism only exists because it can’t be gotten rid of. I don’t hate the race, I hate the people who are bad. It isn’t my fault that when I am judging my life to keep myself alive that I take into consideration that the black population makes up 13% of the U.S. population yet still is responsible for 43% of the crime in the United States. So if I’m trying to not be a victim of a crime, yes I generalize and avoid black people. It’s not racism, it’s survival.

  • Ozjasz Goldberg
    Ozjasz Goldberg 4 months ago

    Sleep is racist we shouldnt do this

  • fx Gamer
    fx Gamer 4 months ago

    because we need to rob in the night (in America only)

  • Brian Funt
    Brian Funt 4 months ago +1

    Wow the white trolls are flocking to the dislike button and comments section

  • Hallow!
    Hallow! 4 months ago

    Can I dislike again please? Vox, I'm disappointed in you.

  • The Unseen Elder
    The Unseen Elder 4 months ago

    No one should be getting their information from Vox

  • Hale Hardy
    Hale Hardy 4 months ago

    Here we go again, blame whitey from Sox

  • XXRolando2008
    XXRolando2008 4 months ago

    I bet poor white Americans get less sleep too.

  • MrArthoz
    MrArthoz 4 months ago +1

    Rich people have better quality of life than poor people....fact of life. Us asian have it even worse, some of us got almost no sleep trying to keep our population largest in the world. I see this as a discrimination that we are not included in this study among the focus subject.

  • Elijah W
    Elijah W 4 months ago

    The question should be more of "What" is causing the lack of sleep for african americans and just humans in general and what are some possible solutions to that. The video is indeed informative, but having such a huge following to present the problem, there should also be information to promote ideas for individuals to come up with a solution.

  • ayla souleyman
    ayla souleyman 4 months ago

    Research also shows that black Americans are more likely to suffer from sleep paralysis. The cause of sleep paralysis is stress and anxiety.

  • Márk Pozsonyi
    Márk Pozsonyi 5 months ago +1

    So black Americans are getting less sleep?

  • Chris Bishop
    Chris Bishop 5 months ago

    this is actual comedy gold
    thank you vox

  • keiichi maebara
    keiichi maebara 5 months ago

    I wanna know the main reason people don't get enough sleep because they're not allowed to even sleep at work people work such busy schedules that it's now impossible to take a nap and that a time Unless you don't wanna eat lunch which is just as unhealthy

  • HellsJerome87
    HellsJerome87 5 months ago

    Door lock : 100$
    Ear plugs : 1$
    Fan : 30$
    Reducing the racial sleep gap : Priceless.

  • HellsJerome87
    HellsJerome87 5 months ago

    Vox is the Breitbart of the left

  • Subittoo
    Subittoo 5 months ago

    THANK YOU for saying black american instead of african american. I hate that word.

  • WickedGaming
    WickedGaming 5 months ago +2

    White Americans are under constant stress to succeed and do well in school because we have high standards. How about talking about how white students are losing sleep?

  • Annoying Commenter
    Annoying Commenter 5 months ago

    “Sleep is raycissst!!”

  • David Rodriguez
    David Rodriguez 5 months ago

    Shitty video it isnt discrimination. It could be that the majority of black americans work for long hours at low pay jobs, it could also be genetics

  • Gerardo Moreno
    Gerardo Moreno 5 months ago

    Dam white people and there *shuffle deck picks card* sleep

  • Tristan Heet
    Tristan Heet 5 months ago

    Beds are racist

  • SoCali
    SoCali 5 months ago

    Wow, black people will blame white people for anything.

  • ZScentral
    ZScentral 5 months ago

    Late April Fool's joke

  • Unfettered Patriot
    Unfettered Patriot 5 months ago

    Is dat why Dey bring Dey babees to de laundrymat at 3 in the morning?

  • Joel Smith
    Joel Smith 5 months ago +1

    “Black people have less solid poops throughout their day. Is it a diet issue? Or is oppression once again rearing it’s ugly head?”

  • Adam Rafeedie
    Adam Rafeedie 5 months ago

    Wtf was this post for? This was a literal waste.

  • parabel
    parabel 5 months ago

    well prisonbeds arent supposed to be comfy

  • Doralingus Memberberries

    Why are “black Americans” not getting enough sleep. Oh boy can’t wait to hear this bullshit...Manage better lifestyles and you’ll sleep better. Problem solved problem staying solved.

  • HSDev
    HSDev 5 months ago


  • EO's
    EO's 5 months ago +2

    This is so stupid, victimization is so dangerous, I see in your vid that poor people and any other with stress no matter which race they are, if they can enter in those descriptions they will be affected. Then why did you make it about poor you? Nonsense.

  • Syble Nicholas
    Syble Nicholas 6 months ago

    I’m literally watching this at 2 in the morning

  • Egypt Ra
    Egypt Ra 6 months ago +1

    Very good Vlog!!!!

  • Harvey Nicholson
    Harvey Nicholson 6 months ago

    People trashing this video have no imagination whatsoever! It makes absolute sense and is supported by many studies. Read something before you react for once!!! www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25770043/

  • Shawn Doe
    Shawn Doe 6 months ago

    I love reading the racist excuses for white supremacy. I suspect this, for the majority of white people, is the norm. And no, I'm not black. (Nor am I a liberal or a Muslim.)

  • pat the sketchy kid
    pat the sketchy kid 6 months ago

    Why is vox so obsessed with race

  • SEMS
    SEMS 6 months ago +3

    I wonder how many people actually watched the video and reasoned the points presented before pressing the dislike button and expressing their pseudo-wisdom.

    • SEMS
      SEMS 5 months ago

      Cultof Ian I believe it's trying to point out the correlation between sleeping habits and status quo. Its not trying to say, "every black person," rather, as you say, a broad statement. You can make broad statements like that based off a sample group.
      In other words, it's not meant to be taken as everybody who is black sleeps worse, it's simply pointing out the connections. While I did not agree with every single point the video makes, it doesn't render everything it's trying to convey "stupid."

    • Cultof Ian
      Cultof Ian 5 months ago

      The problem is the generalizing of races. Some black people pop a xan after school and sleep through the night and some white people stay up all night smoking meth, we're all fuckn individuals. There taking some small random piece data to make all sorts of generalizations about race and it doesn't help anybody. If anything they make black people look helpless and pathetic, like what's wrong with sleeping on a couch anyways? Besides its not like they surveyed everybody in the US. And if black people need more sleep, they just need to go to bed earlier. Also, why is it every white person's problem? What do they want from us anyways to start sleeping less? Its idiotic and pointless and any point that might have tried to be conveyed was lost to the stupidity of the subject matter.

    • SEMS
      SEMS 5 months ago

      Cultof Ian I'd recommend paying further attention to what it's saying. Part of the problem is a lack of comprehension.

    • Cultof Ian
      Cultof Ian 5 months ago

      If you pretend they have even half a point you're stupid and a part of the problem.

  • TheAllAmericanKayaker
    TheAllAmericanKayaker 6 months ago

    This proves these mfers make everything about race, EVERYTHING

  • Jesus420
    Jesus420 6 months ago

    If people with bad sleep get fat, thes should do sports in the evening untill they can sleep...

  • Trump sucks co*k!
    Trump sucks co*k! 6 months ago +2

    White people are triggered... Lol

  • Nicocap X
    Nicocap X 6 months ago

    I blame carbs, that is all.

  • Nick Last Name
    Nick Last Name 6 months ago

    Sleep quality is partially determined by how wealthy or discriminated you are? Good god, who writes this stuff?

  • Knowledgeable Queen Khair

    Well my question won’t you black Americans travel to a land where u will not be discriminated against travel to Africa. You black Americans complain too damn much catch a clue change your environment travel stop being corporate slaves don’t y’all have any sense.

  • james staggs
    james staggs 6 months ago

    Gunshots? Crack? Bass? No Kool-Aid? White people stole your bed?

  • Danielle Shank
    Danielle Shank 6 months ago

    I find that social media doesn't help when it comes to sleep. This can especially be the case for African Americans. You go on Facebook see all types of stories about racism and police brutality then go to bed angry and upset.

  • john smith
    john smith 6 months ago +1

    I have a solution for the entire minority population, UNITE & PROTEST! Not everyday protest, Martin Luther King Protest, Vietnam protest. I know people work and have children but this has been proven time &a time again to work!

  • ThatCrazy Drunk
    ThatCrazy Drunk 6 months ago

    You see I like VOX but this is one of their really bad videos.

    ATLANTIS 6 months ago

    How can this study be credible when you can't even see black people in the dark to know where they at.

  • Deo IndoFX
    Deo IndoFX 6 months ago

    Crack and meth can cause stress eventually

  • GuyOnAChair ​​
    GuyOnAChair ​​ 6 months ago

    Uhh it's not exlusive to one group of people...

  • Salgood Sam
    Salgood Sam 6 months ago

    Yeah that all makes sense, sucks balls too. Mostly i sleep well myself, but i certainly notice how it impacts my health when i don't. And I can easily see how dealing with prejudice would impact that.

  • T. O.A.
    T. O.A. 6 months ago

    I sleep fine lol

  • TheSpecialOne
    TheSpecialOne 6 months ago

    I sleep 4-5 hours. I wake up and I don't go back to sleep. Sometimes I go days weeks without sleep.

  • Terry Hunter
    Terry Hunter 6 months ago

    cuz sleep is the cousin of death

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nathaniel Hawthorne 6 months ago

    This is probably the worst video I've ever seen Vox publish. To state that discrimination may be a factor for the black American "sleep gap" is arguably the most preposterous thing I've ever heard. Look, the issues that impact black American culture has nothing to do with discrimination. Enough with that already. The primary issue that plagues black Americans is lack of personal accountability and ownership over one's self. This impacts EVERY culture on the planet, whites included, but is found far more often in black American culture than anything else. YOU are responsible for your own success. YOU are responsible for your own education. YOU are responsible for adhering and abiding by values that benefit both yourself and the ones around you. And for the love of all that is holy, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP! The day black Americans (culturally) begin to take ownership over yourself is the day the pay gap, sleep gap, life expectancy gap, etc levels out. There is no boogyman out there holding you back. The greatest enemy to one's success is themselves.

  • acdenh
    acdenh 6 months ago

    There are studies of lead (Pb) exposure done on rats; they show the neural system underlying circadian rhythms gets damaged directly. In such cases sleep disturbance does not have to be a side effect of stress, or mental health issues, or anything.
    It seems to me the claim of this video is a no brainier; but I guess that conflicts with racist stereotypes about laziness.

  • whatevernm555
    whatevernm555 6 months ago

    I pity those lads who spent hours of sleepless nights to edit the nice motion graphics just to produce this shitty content and be called privileged by this girl.

  • Jacob Villalobos
    Jacob Villalobos 6 months ago +1

    The ignorance in these comments is staggering. If you studied sociology, you’d know that Vox is highlighting the fact that black Americans face a sort of double disadvantage in that not only do they face discrimination but also anxiety as a result of it.

  • Guy Wit a goat
    Guy Wit a goat 6 months ago

    or just do like the germans and meth your way to poland

  • Darryl Barnes
    Darryl Barnes 6 months ago

    lol the sleep gap tho

  • Ryan Kelly
    Ryan Kelly 6 months ago

    i don't believe it

  • Ryan Kelly
    Ryan Kelly 6 months ago

    pretty sure no ones getting enough sleep

  • Toxic Potato
    Toxic Potato 6 months ago +1

    Hot take: America's cultural habit to include one's race into every topic is one of the biggest contributors to modern racism.

  • W Miller
    W Miller 6 months ago

    I feel like I should pity-like this...

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    Daniel Lindqvist 6 months ago

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  • tremendor gigatron 1 zillion

    I'm pretty sure it's a problem for everyone. Not just black Americans

  • jjj023
    jjj023 7 months ago

    Because blacks are up at the crack of dawn supporting their families and building this country right? Oh wait....