By Douglas Quenqua of the New York Times

Moleendo Stewart can’t say for sure what’s caused his lifelong sleeping problems. But he has his suspicions.

Sleep problems

Moleendo Stewart of Brooklyn NY sees inequality as playing a role in his sleep problems.

There’s the childhood spent in loud, restless neighborhoods in Miami. “You hear people shooting guns all night, dealing drugs,” said Mr. Stewart, 41, who lives in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He also cites his weight, 260 pounds, down from a peak of 310.

Sleep experts would point to another factor working against Mr. Stewart: He is a black man.

The idea that race or ethnicity might help determine how well people sleep is relatively new among sleep researchers. But in the few short years that epidemiologists, demographers and psychologists have been studying the link, they have repeatedly come to the same conclusion: In the United States, at least, sleep is not colorblind.

Non-Hispanic whites get more and better-quality sleep than people of other races, studies repeatedly show. Blacks are the most likely to get shorter, more restless sleep.

To learn more about what is known about this disparity, continue reading here.