According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2010 Sleep in America poll, Asians are the most likely ethnic group to say that they had a good night's sleep at least a few nights or more a week. In addition, Asians are about half as likely to discuss their sleep issues with a healthcare professional, and are half as likely to report having been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Asians are the least likely to report using sleep medication at least a few nights a week (5% versus 13% Whites, 9% Blacks/African-Americans and 8% Hispanics).
- Asians are the least likely (9%) to say that they "rarely" or "never" have a good night's sleep, compared with 20% of Whites, 18% of Blacks/African-Americans and 14% of Hispanics.
- The poll shows that Asians are more than twice as likely to use the Internet every night in comparison to any other group (51% versus 22% Whites, 20% Blacks/African-Americans, 20% Hispanics). They are also the least likely to watch TV an hour before sleep (52% versus 64% Whites, 72% Hispanics and 75% Blacks/African-Americans).
- Asians report the use of herbal and alternative therapies at rates similar to Hispanics (2% each), but less than Whites (4%).
- Asians report the lowest rates of losing sleep due to personal financial concerns at least a few nights a week (9% versus 22% Hispanics, 20% Whites and 19% Blacks/African-Americans).
There are things we can all do to improve our chances of getting better quality sleep. Here are five tips:
- Use the bed and bedroom for sleep and sex only.
- Establish a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule.
- Do not eat or drink too much close to bedtime.
- Create a sleep-promoting environment that is dark, cool and comfortable.
- Avoid disturbing noises – consider a bed-side fan or white-noise machine to block out disturbing sounds.
Learn more about how you can get a good night's sleep with these tips , or check out this sleep boxset with a helpful book.