African-Americans Report the Busiest Bedtime Routines
The 2010 Sleep in America poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed several differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. The poll results found that Blacks/African-Americans are the most likely to report performing activities in the hour before going to bed every night or almost every night, specifically watching TV (75%) and/or praying or doing another religious practice (71%). Whether on weekdays/workdays or non-workdays/weekends, Blacks/African-Americans spend much more time in bed without sleeping than the other ethnic groups (54 minutes on weekdays/workdays and 71 minutes on non-workdays/weekends).
"The hour before bed is an important time to relax and wind-down before going to sleep," says Thomas J. Balkin, Ph.D., Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation. "For those who are having problems sleeping, it's a good idea to consider whether your bedtime routines may be too alerting." The National Sleep Foundation suggests the following to improve your sleep: