New National Sleep Foundation Poll Examines 'Sleep and Ethnicity'

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

National Sleep Foundation to Release Poll Results During National Sleep Awareness Week® March 7-13, 2010

WASHINGTON,DC - The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that "Sleep and Ethnicity" will be the topic of its 2010 Sleep in America ™ poll. NSF will release the poll results on March 8, 2010 to kick-off National Sleep Awareness Week ®. An embargoed press release will be available on March 1, 2010.

This will be the first Sleep in America ™ poll dedicated to exploring the sleep practices of different ethnic groups.  It will compare sleep habits, attitudes, and bedtime routines and will examine the following questions:

  • Do different ethnic groups sleep differently?
  • Do attitudes about sleep vary between African-Americans, Whites, Hispanics and Asian-Americans?
  • Do work schedules and finances impact sleep equally in all groups?
  • Do sleep habits affect marital satisfaction or job performance?

"The Sleep in America ™ poll is a springboard for research," says Thomas Balkin, PhD, Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation. "This year's poll, in particular, will provide compelling insights into our current beliefs and behaviors regarding sleep, health, and well-being."

The National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America ™ poll is one of the most popular health stories each year. The poll routinely generates in excess of 500 stories. The NSF's library of information on sleep and its access to world-renowned sleep experts, regional sleep centers and patients are available to help journalists develop stories to match your audience information needs.

The National Sleep Foundation first released an annual Sleep in America ™ poll in 1991 and each year uses the Poll to kick-off National Sleep Awareness Week ®. Last year's results showed that 30 percent of Americans were losing sleep over the U.S. economy. Prior polls have focused attention on the sleep health and safety of women, adolescents, and American workers. Prior poll results are available at


About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness, and advocacy.  It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America ™ poll.