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Sleep disturbances and reduced quality of life varies by race

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[Source: ScienceDaily] - A study in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that having a sleep disturbance is associated with clinically meaningful reductions in health-related quality of life, and the magnitude of this effect varies by race and sleep disorder.

Results indicate that physical health-related quality of life in African-Americans who snored frequently, had insomnia symptoms or reported excessive daytime sleepiness was significantly worse than in Caucasians. African-Americans with insomnia also had significantly more physical limitations than Hispanics. However, when mental health-related quality of life was evaluated, it was Hispanics with frequent snoring, insomnia symptoms or excessive daytime sleepiness who had significantly greater mental distress than Caucasians. African-Americans with insomnia also had significantly worse mental health than Caucasians.

For more information: Association Between Sleep Disturbances and Reduced Quality of Life Varies by Race, Study Finds