Poor and African-American Kids Suffer More From Lack of Sleep

An interesting study on the consequences of sleeplessness is published this month in the journal Child Development.  According to the research, conducted at Auburn University, poor children and african-american children suffer greater emotional consequences from lack of sleep than do white and middle-class kids.

According to the blog al.com, published by the Birmingham News:

[The study found that] poor kids and black kids who don’t sleep well are more aggressive, more often delinquent and suffer more from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem than white children and middle-class or wealthy kids under similar circumstances.Lack of sleep may combine with other stresses in the lives of poor and minority children to contribute to the higher levels of behavioral problems, the study concluded.

“It’s kind of a double-whammy effect,” said Mona El-Sheikh, lead author of the study and Alumni Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences.

The study followed 140 children in third to fifth grades.  About one-third were black.

Read more about the study here.