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 • 10 936

  • Márk Pozsonyi
    Márk Pozsonyi 3 days ago +1

    So black Americans are getting less sleep?

  • Chris Bishop
    Chris Bishop 5 days ago

    this is actual comedy gold
    thank you vox

  • Jonathan Mason
    Jonathan Mason 12 days 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 12 days ago

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

  • HellsJerome87
    HellsJerome87 12 days ago

    Vox is the Breitbart of the left

  • Subittoo
    Subittoo 14 days ago

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

  • WickedGaming
    WickedGaming 15 days ago +1

    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 16 days ago

    “Sleep is raycissst!!”

  • David Rodriguez
    David Rodriguez 17 days 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 21 day ago

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

  • Tristan Heet
    Tristan Heet 22 days ago

    Beds are racist

  • SoCali
    SoCali 22 days ago

    Wow, black people will blame white people for anything.

  • ZScentral
    ZScentral 22 days ago

    Late April Fool's joke

  • Unfettered Patriot
    Unfettered Patriot 23 days ago

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

  • Joel Smith
    Joel Smith 23 days ago

    “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 23 days ago

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

  • parabel
    parabel 24 days 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 Month ago


  • EO's
    EO's Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

    I’m literally watching this at 2 in the morning

  • Ginger Ashford
    Ginger Ashford Month ago +1

    Very good Vlog!!!!

  • Harvey Nicholson
    Harvey Nicholson Month 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 Month 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

    Why is vox so obsessed with race

  • SEMS
    SEMS Month ago +1

    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 21 day 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 21 day 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 21 day 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 21 day ago

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

  • TheAllAmericanKayaker

    This proves these mfers make everything about race, EVERYTHING

  • Jesus420
    Jesus420 Month 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! Month ago +1

    White people are triggered... Lol

  • Nicocap X
    Nicocap X Month ago

    I blame carbs, that is all.

  • Nick Last Name
    Nick Last Name Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Danielle Shank
    Danielle Shank Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

    ATLANTIS Month 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 Month ago

    Crack and meth can cause stress eventually

  • GuyOnAChair ​​
    GuyOnAChair ​​ Month ago

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

  • Salgood Sam
    Salgood Sam Month 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.

  • SouthBay 310
    SouthBay 310 Month ago

    I sleep fine lol

  • Foxy the Pirate
    Foxy the Pirate Month 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 Month ago

    cuz sleep is the cousin of death

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

    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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

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

  • Darryl Barnes
    Darryl Barnes 2 months ago

    lol the sleep gap tho

  • Ryan Kelly
    Ryan Kelly 2 months ago

    i don't believe it

  • Ryan Kelly
    Ryan Kelly 2 months ago

    pretty sure no ones getting enough sleep

  • Toxic Potato
    Toxic Potato 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

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

  • Daniel Lindqvist
    Daniel Lindqvist 2 months ago

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  • niko g.
    niko g. 2 months ago

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

  • jjj023
    jjj023 2 months ago

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

  • PyroTheCat
    PyroTheCat 2 months ago

    Wow, sleep is good for you? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.

  • NameGeneratorFailed
    NameGeneratorFailed 2 months ago

    imagine a video called "Why white Americans are getting less sleep" .. it would make CNN/MSNBC

  • Q A
    Q A 2 months ago

    I got it I got it, I have to feel even more guilty about my white-greenish-yellowish skin.
    Give me a break, God !

  • Liz _Draws
    Liz _Draws 2 months ago

    It's not about color. Nobody is getting enough sleep.

  • Eric Augusto
    Eric Augusto 2 months ago

    Just wow ....
    Damn i love this channel

  • #RhymingOverBeats
    #RhymingOverBeats 2 months ago

    I stopped watching when she basically said sleeping had to be in a bed.

  • BlackGold Soul
    BlackGold Soul 2 months ago

    The viewers of this channel are extremely racist. It's like every video that acknowledges black people's experience in this racist ass country gets the worst response and us filled with racist white trolls in the comment section. It's crazy how no matter what our experience is always belittled and ruled off but then we are forced to remember bullshit like memorial day, Pearl harbor, 9/11 and all that bullshit while white amerikkkans simultaneously deny and degrade black history smh

  • bigdud
    bigdud 2 months ago

    7 hours recommended of sleep? you sure it's not 8...?

  • Freedom Fighter
    Freedom Fighter 2 months ago +1

    Too much 2 chains and henny. They need more family values and less liberal brainwash

  • Hrishi Wagh
    Hrishi Wagh 2 months ago

    Discrimination can be said to be one of the cause for low quality of sleep. Sleep is essential for everyone but when you specially focus on the African american community as a whole, financial struggle can be so stressful that it can hamper your sleep. Few solutions that i think can help are.
    1) living in a good locality. or else keeping the locality clean where you live in. (FEEL GOOD MAKES YOU DO GOOD)
    2) better education and family support from family. ( taking care of each other is very good in the community but also you all need to work on the educational part so that every one can support their families in the later run )
    3) Struggling with finance is heart-aching so understand how to live in limited amount of money with utmost dignity. and then saving the money you earn for your well being
    4) Try living a modest life (simple living and high thinking)
    5) Drugs are one of the major cause which have led the community in such hardships. try to avoid it if you can.
    6) Human being is a social animal we need to interact with other people of the community but the only thing that i found lacking is the co-ordination with the others in the society.
    7) try not to do anything illegal.

  • Jacob Seger
    Jacob Seger 2 months ago

    Remind me, which side is the racist, stereotypical one again?

  • GamingTV
    GamingTV 2 months ago

    "people" aren't getting enough sleep, not just black ppl you damn racists

  • Carl the Cuck
    Carl the Cuck 2 months ago

    "Why black Americans are getting less sleep"
    Guilt that whites have been paying their way all these years.

  • Commander Shepard
    Commander Shepard 2 months ago

    That's what crack,rap and wearing your pants on your knees does to you.

  • Jayden Colour
    Jayden Colour 2 months ago

    With all rhe dislikes. Its like v o x cant do any interesting videos

  • gabriellewey03
    gabriellewey03 2 months ago

    2:04 and there it is blaming racism on your problems when it's not the real issue

  • CleverTOOTH
    CleverTOOTH 2 months ago

    lmao this is so retarded straight up just retarded

  • dʒeɪms
    dʒeɪms 2 months ago

    its actually because they drink so much lean

  • kcalderon8
    kcalderon8 2 months ago

    this is the root cause of police brutality, plz sleep more black folks

  • Epictetus
    Epictetus 2 months ago

    Where was this study done?
    What sources?

  • Murder Bong
    Murder Bong 2 months ago


  • Hris Kos
    Hris Kos 2 months ago

    Because their brain is smaller so they sleep less.

  • Unknown Username
    Unknown Username 2 months ago

    I am so black

  • Geopolik
    Geopolik 2 months ago

    propaganda video

  • ThaSwitcherTayTay
    ThaSwitcherTayTay 2 months ago

    Not gonna lie Vox... as a black American I’m cringing like a mf at this video.

  • keto naleo
    keto naleo 2 months ago

    Lmao terrible amount of dislike

  • YouTube Addict
    YouTube Addict 2 months ago

    Vox can you do some video about just Native Americans . You guys do a whole bunch of videos on other races but not Native Americans.

  • Abdulai Bah
    Abdulai Bah 2 months ago

    All facts. Thanks Vox.

    TBNYC 2 months ago

    I think Vox published this 11 days late...

  • Boba Fett55
    Boba Fett55 2 months ago

    Sooooo you are saying that black people are getting heart disease because of discrimination? Really!?

  • Fernando
    Fernando 2 months ago

    I can't sleep cause of ya'll,
    Ya'll can't cause of me!

  • Cianitris Khhours
    Cianitris Khhours 2 months ago

    The discrimination seems a bit of a stress for some regions, I've seen places where it's almost started to reverse

  • Ethen Rosas
    Ethen Rosas 2 months ago


  • Spencer Stevens
    Spencer Stevens 2 months ago

    Vox is the new onion.

  • Samuel Tapia
    Samuel Tapia 2 months ago

    moreover closet whose narrow curriculum aim official bit minimize

  • Tupshin Zhu
    Tupshin Zhu 2 months ago

    Sleep is racist 😴

  • Raw and Uncensored
    Raw and Uncensored 2 months ago

    .... and there it is: "discrimination". I am a social outcast. I am discriminated all the time and I get my sleep. Anyone who doesn't get their sleep is their own fault.

  • witch, please
    witch, please 2 months ago

    Anytime Vox does a video about Black people, even if its positive, the racists come out. Why do ya'll hate us so much? Why are you obsesses obsessed with attacking Blacks?

  • haitian1
    haitian1 2 months ago


  • John John
    John John 2 months ago

    How do they even make a conclusion about an entire race of people based on studies of a small number of people?

  • Zelda 194
    Zelda 194 2 months ago

    Use sleep to race bait

  • Ain't no Slice
    Ain't no Slice 2 months ago

    dont they have a person who vets every video before uploading it to make sure it isn't pure SJW bullshit?

  • Tobi Cipher
    Tobi Cipher 2 months ago

    Discrimination is why whites get less sleep.