In the past year since the unjust murder of George Floyd, alarming incidents of violence against Black people continue to highlight the deeply intrenched and systemic nature of racism, police brutality, and discrimination in America.
Today, Project Sleep continues to stand firmly in solidarity with our Black community members and in furtherance of our commitments to fight racism and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Racism remains a major public health crisis in America and racial-ethnic minorities continue to be at higher risk of insufficient sleep and sleep disorders, with serious and perhaps even deadly consequences. Causes of sleep health disparities are complex and involve a combination of socioeconomic, environmental, and other factors. With almost no research on targeting sleep disorders diagnosis and treatments for racial/ethnic minorities, and limited funding for sleep disparities research, Project Sleep has worked to address these issues at a systems-level via advocacy.
Partnering with policy and sleep experts, we developed and published Project Sleep’s Policy Recommendations to Address Sleep Health Disparities.