In a Child Development examine of day by day diary descriptions of discrimination by minority adolescents, experiencing discrimination throughout the day was associated with compromised sleep quality that evening, in addition to emotions of larger daytime dysfunction and sleepiness the next day.
The examine additionally noticed notable racial variations in sleep between Asian, Black, and Latinx youth. Wrist actigraphy readings revealed that Black adolescents slept 35 minutes lower than Asian adolescents and 36 minutes lower than Latinx youth. Black adolescents skilled essentially the most minutes awake throughout the evening after falling asleep, adopted by Latinx and Asian youth. Latinx youth reported the best ranges of sleep disturbance whereas Asian youth reported the best ranges of daytime dysfunction.
“The current study contributes to research on discrimination, sleep, and adolescent development,” the authors wrote. “It is the first study to our knowledge to test the daily associations between discrimination and actigraphy-recorded and self-reported sleep in a large and diverse adolescent sample.”