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 • 10 817

  • weallbfree
    weallbfree 17 minutes ago

    It's because the racist sun sets on everyone else but keeps black people up at night. Are these people (and by that I mean leftists, not blacks) really running out of things to call racist? I'd say they're unhinged, but that would be offensive to doors that have come loose off their frames.

  • cocopuhfs
    cocopuhfs 6 hours ago

    this has to do with race lmao

  • 64lundyco
    64lundyco 6 hours ago

    Why mention that black people on average get less sleep and black people on average make less money and make the correlation? Why not just assess the direct relationship between sleep quality and income? Also, you said at the end that you wanted a government mandate and about 20 seconds later said it is not known if getting more sleep will improve overall health and research is still being done. How can you be so quick to advocate for such government overreach when the science itself is still not done let alone the moral and political implications of such a stance?

  • friendly911 OS
    friendly911 OS 7 hours ago

    always trying to show that black and white people are different, what a bunsha BS

  • Pasha Vosough
    Pasha Vosough 10 hours ago

    Lol 666k views

  • Meadow stream
    Meadow stream 12 hours ago

    Instantly lost all respect the second she said a major reason is due to discrimination

  • flare 156
    flare 156 12 hours ago

    Funny because in Japan workers get no sleep and sleep at work and are also being worked to death

  • doomtomb3
    doomtomb3 13 hours ago

    I just thought I was watching The Onion

  • doomtomb3
    doomtomb3 13 hours ago

    this is racist

  • E P
    E P 15 hours ago

    Bullshit..Is there a white version lol

  • Nfn123kingkong
    Nfn123kingkong 16 hours ago

    Are you serious? There is a black woman telling me that black people sleep less because of " Stress due to discrimination"
    This is going to far and have to stop.

  • Roger N
    Roger N 21 hour ago

    lol i love the victim culture so much fun, yeah black people aren't unique in this. WTF vox cmon get your agenda straight.

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    jasper spaans 21 hour ago

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  • Mango Lassi
    Mango Lassi Day ago

    This is why we need adblocker

  • Almost Anything
    Almost Anything Day ago

    i think Russia is behind it !!

  • Faizan Ali
    Faizan Ali Day ago

    Yes, not getting enough sleep is an entirely black issue. This is how you create mental borders and encourage segregation.

  • Vincas Juozapaitis

    Stop agitating this victimhood.

  • Felipe Alvarado
    Felipe Alvarado Day ago


  • Captain Kegs
    Captain Kegs Day ago


  • Clid
    Clid Day ago

    9-11 hours...

  • Brooke Henry
    Brooke Henry Day ago

    Is anyone else distracted by the fact that they erased the Vitruvian Man's junk at 2:05? 😂 It's a line drawing! It's like the most famous line drawing in history. This adpocalypse thing is out of control.

  • Angel Lozoya
    Angel Lozoya Day ago

    I have been coming back to this video everyday since it’s been uploaded and I’m still in awe that it exists.

  • Clash Attacks
    Clash Attacks Day ago

    It's because you have to stay awake because if you fall asleep then they might reinstate slavery

  • Thatgirl
    Thatgirl Day ago

    i always get 3-5-6 hours of sleep. does asian count?

  • Arnold Nandwa
    Arnold Nandwa Day ago

    Vox running out of ideas next video will be " Why do black Americans get less oxygen."

  • Janusha
    Janusha Day ago +1

    "The sleep gap" All this says is that it sucks to be poor and the US working class life is a desperate, stressful environment. Im pretty sure we always knew that rich people with good homes have better sleep, better health and better lives.

  • CianFit
    CianFit Day ago

    Vox boss: You're always tired at work, what gives?
    Black Vox employee: Oh, haven't you heard? Racism.

  • Upshot p
    Upshot p 2 days ago +1

    Vox is really scraping the bottom of the pail on this one

  • BigReadeDesigns
    BigReadeDesigns 2 days ago

    Smoking more crack?

  • Montgomery Ward Butterfield III

    I have difficulty sleeping due to flare-ups with my hemorrhoids. could you please make a video about this vox

  • malcom williams
    malcom williams 2 days ago

    thanks for giving me an excuse for my lazyness vox!

  • Ololou Ololou
    Ololou Ololou 2 days ago


  • Baghuul
    Baghuul 2 days ago

    Its the systemic sleep epidemic fueled by toxic whiteness. #woke

  • POYB !
    POYB ! 2 days ago

    It all comes back to the same thing. We must only trust the govt and taxes to fix things. You have NO idea how insulting this is to black people. You are saying once again... that blacks are incapable of doing something thay every one else deals with... not enough sleep...and that the govt must intervene to save poor black folks.
    What you are doing is evil. Blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics and all other races are no different. The only thing separating us is less than 0.04% genetically and nothing mentally. We all struggle with paying bills, raising kids, working hard and dealing with challenges. Only you people keep telling minorities that they face Nazis around every corner where there is none. 1963 America was 55 years ago. Democrat him crow laws are history... not reality.
    How about telling black folks what they can do and be. ANYTHING DAMN THING THEY WANT TO BE. We just all have to follow the same rules. Get an education. Be responsible. Pay taxes. Raise good kids. It's really that easy.

  • Fire Fist
    Fire Fist 2 days ago

    I thought this was a late april fools video.

  • Hari I.
    Hari I. 2 days ago

    this video is getting way too much hate and it was actually really informative and tells a story that isn’t really heard. it’s also the first vox video i’ve seen that wasn’t by a white person; thank you for supporting diverse journalism despite controversy and thank you for the informative content

  • Brooks McClintock
    Brooks McClintock 2 days ago

    Oml all these percentages are like within 10% of eachother, there is absolutely no correlation yall are dumb😂

  • Freethinkers
    Freethinkers 2 days ago

    Maybe if black folks stay out of the “Clubs” ? They will get more sleep.

  • Sergiuss555
    Sergiuss555 2 days ago

    0:41 54.2% versus 66.8% based on self-report? How indicative of anything is this data (obtained with this method)? For example, you can't make meaningful expectations of sleep of a randomly met white versus black person. Also, since the degree of sleep deprivation matters, overall distributions of sleep amount should better be taken into account, not just 7 hours bar.

  • andrei-stefan nedelcu

    These guys are so lazy they didn't even read the poll they are quoting. Here it is sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/poll-reveals-sleep-differences-among-ethnic-groups. The answers as to why different ethnic groups get less sleep and by how much are in the questions and answers in the poll. But these folks were too busy fabricating their own racism based theory to read the f*** poll

  • pOtato Lord
    pOtato Lord 2 days ago

    Beds are racist.

  • GOD
    GOD 2 days ago

    I don't understand the likes to dislikes ratio of this video. This video's reasoning and supporting evidence is logical to me. Economic status has a strong correlation with quality of sleep.

  • Autistic Jew
    Autistic Jew 2 days ago

    this is our generation!

    POLANDWAR 2 days ago +1

    what the hell is this??

  • Mattie
    Mattie 2 days ago

    Vox, you are entirely deserving of being cyber bullied into corporate suicide

  • Mattie
    Mattie 2 days ago

    We need government policies to regulate our sleep
    Congratulations - you nailed it!!!!

  • Mattie
    Mattie 2 days ago

    Quite possibly the worst video ever to come out of the internet

  • Cosmic Centaur
    Cosmic Centaur 2 days ago

    This is a *really* dumb video. The title is stupid. Race has nothing to do with sleep, all you're telling me is stressed Americans don't sleep well. The graph you show at 2:33 tells me poverty rates in Natives is almost as high as the one for black people, so why aren't they considered as well?
    They're not getting good sleep because of stress, living in noisy neighborhoods or annoying work hours, none of those affect just black people. Some people just need to stop making everything to be about race, jfc.

  • EdThatsIt
    EdThatsIt 2 days ago

    so sleep is racist, ID's are racist, movies are racist, the government is racist, discipline is racist, self-respect is racist, motivation is racist, breathing is racist, starbucks is racist...

  • New Goliard
    New Goliard 2 days ago +1

    It's hard to sleep when you're worried about getting kicked out of Starbucks, shot and beaten for no reason by the cops.

  • PandaBanta
    PandaBanta 2 days ago +2

    33k dislikes are from white people getting triggered

  • Alca
    Alca 2 days ago

    hahahahahahaha discrimination? really? what about dietary habits? or propensity to exercise? nonono it must be discrimination hahahaha

  • Aditya Trivedi
    Aditya Trivedi 2 days ago

    Like / dislike ratio 😂

  • Karrecod
    Karrecod 2 days ago

    This is why I don't watch Vox...

  • IamrealX
    IamrealX 2 days ago

    before this video starts im calling it, it white peoples fault, just like everything else... cause this is leftist sjw channel of race traitors

  • Andrew Newman
    Andrew Newman 2 days ago

    Jesus Christ. ANY mention of race gets people pissed. The dislikes on this is ridiculous. I don't get it.

  • ChernobyLime
    ChernobyLime 2 days ago

    Man look at all these dislikes! Maybe you're doing something wrong Vox? Stop being so one sided.

  • assassinate241
    assassinate241 2 days ago

    I'm wondering why the video got so many dislikes and after reading some comments I think it's because of the way the title's answer is being presented. Honestly, I thought the video was quite insightful but I did also roll my eyes when the answer was "discrimination". Discrimination is wide reaching subject and generally the impact of discrimination is not perceived as being related to stress. If the answer was "money", which black Americans have less of indirectly thanks to discrimination, then people wouldn't have been so displeased. I've seen this late because the video never showed up in my recommended probably due to the dislike ratio being so high and TVclip's Algorithm not liking that. Discrimination should have been a connotation not the direct answer.
    This is my opinion and although it's unlikely a Vox staffer will see it, I hope it helps someone. Despite the overall displeasure of the video, I enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • ScetathGaming
    ScetathGaming 2 days ago

    im getting some real dystopia vibes from this

  • Ghost Protocol
    Ghost Protocol 3 days ago +1

    Biggest BS I’ve ever herd! EVER!

  • sagebeer
    sagebeer 3 days ago +1

    Non of these examples are unique to black people....this video is reaching hard af.

  • sagebeer
    sagebeer 3 days ago +1

    Vox kills voxs career.

  • Akhtaruzzaman Joy
    Akhtaruzzaman Joy 3 days ago

    I sleep almost 7.5hrs plus .... Am I in wrong track ?

  • xScopeLess
    xScopeLess 3 days ago

    "Researchers point to stress caused by discrimination as one strong possibility."
    I emphasize "one" because this video is very misleading. You can't pick out only one study that may possibly and obscurely suggest that black Americans get less sleep and offer no connection between the two. You are basically admitting that your main source is unsure if your central argument is even valid. It is as if you are looking for reasons to complain even though your reasoning isn't even accepted as true by your own source. You are effectively minimizing true discrimination.

  • prohorisit
    prohorisit 3 days ago

    "...cause sleep is the cousin of death."

  • Lil faggot
    Lil faggot 3 days ago

    Blacks can’t sleep thank to discrimination,ninja plz 🔆🚱

  • Professor Snippety-snaps

    Sunday to Thursday night : 1:30-8:25 am (6 hrs 55 min)
    Friday and Saturday night: 2:15 am - 1:15pm (11hrs)
    -always in my bed
    -15 min to fall asleep
    -never waking up through the night
    .... I sleep a lot on the weekend fxckin hell

  • Shefath Islam
    Shefath Islam 3 days ago

    You have to be tired enough to fall asleep! Vox, you leave much to be desired if this is the content you are dishing out!

  • Steven C
    Steven C 3 days ago

    What about us Mexicans we work more than anyone and don’t get enough sleep don’t see a video for us.

  • Warren Starc
    Warren Starc 3 days ago

    Everything is
    Everything is a "gap" for y'all.

  • dominic conte
    dominic conte 3 days ago

    woah... wait a minute, black people get ten percent less sleep then whites because racism. ok

  • Fuh Q
    Fuh Q 3 days ago

    That’s some fine ass dislike ratio

  • Seb In Spaace!
    Seb In Spaace! 3 days ago

    Next time, on Vox
    “If you don’t like dark chocolate, you’re a white supremacist”

  • Seb In Spaace!
    Seb In Spaace! 3 days ago

    I fell asleep watching this video (cuz it’s so stupid)

  • Seb In Spaace!
    Seb In Spaace! 3 days ago

    Don’t tell me this is gonna involve racism.

  • Janie Tompkins
    Janie Tompkins 3 days ago

    T O E S

  • ur mom is the bomb
    ur mom is the bomb 3 days ago +1

    i love this 😍😍😍

  • Bowman Young
    Bowman Young 3 days ago

    It’s not any body’s fault black people cant seep like wtf

  • Tyler Foss
    Tyler Foss 3 days ago

    Systematic racism is a lie

  • Joseph Lawrence
    Joseph Lawrence 3 days ago

    Vox media attempts to divide along racial lines to cause political divide in America thus further supporting their funding political party's agenda. Most major news outlets do that there though I am pretty sure. America is such a funny country haha. Their people are so controlled by their government and media, yet they still believe they are so free.

  • Trap Soul
    Trap Soul 3 days ago +1


  • OWL
    OWL 3 days ago

    I'm weak 😂😂😂

  • Mark Tverskoy
    Mark Tverskoy 3 days ago

    We are literally living in the victimization olympics.

  • JuliuszP
    JuliuszP 3 days ago

    The thing is, its not white people's fault, and that the "sleep gap" does *not* reflect inequality.

  • Dustin Black
    Dustin Black 3 days ago

    The sleep gap, lol.

  • Gary Oak
    Gary Oak 3 days ago

    being black is so awesome you can be as racist as you want and whenever you have a problem you can blame everything but yourself and no one will tell you off!
    guys this woman actually made this video, she has gone her entire life without someone explaining her action

  • Primitive Primate
    Primitive Primate 3 days ago

    Keep Calm and Carry On
    Vox is merely a propaganda machine.

  • Pharyn Gealized
    Pharyn Gealized 3 days ago

    Was this aimed at mentally retarded?

  • Dean V
    Dean V 3 days ago

    I'm black and I get good sleep so...

  • christopher carey
    christopher carey 3 days ago

    Black Americans are getting less sleep because white people be racist...suuuuuuuuuuuure.

  • Riverr Blue
    Riverr Blue 3 days ago

    Because tey out in deez streets catching bodyz

  • A Ghouly
    A Ghouly 3 days ago

    Vox you are FAKE NEWS.

  • unnew
    unnew 3 days ago +1

    Gotta bring race into it again wow vox

  • a dog
    a dog 3 days ago

    Yay, more excuses for blacks to fail with

  • WknGrAsfvXv
    WknGrAsfvXv 3 days ago

    so.... poor people get worse sleep than rich people. Groundbreaking.

  • I'm An Orange
    I'm An Orange 3 days ago +1

    Why this video got a lot of dislike ? People ...

  • Dan Krolikowski
    Dan Krolikowski 3 days ago

    These idiots are so condescending with their speaking tone it is disgusting. They have to use that tone so us ignorant morons can take it in, like shitheads who talk to kids in that "kid voice." God damn this is horrid. How do these morons take themselves seriously?

  • 321Tdog
    321Tdog 3 days ago

    Even though I'm black British this is absolute nonsense

  • B R
    B R 3 days ago

    All those negative comments and dislikes! I found this to be a very interesting video, and very reasonable.
    Also, bragging about disliking the video without even watching it makes you look stupid.