The program identifies sleep differences between minorities

MIAMI, Fla. – Research into differences in race and sleep patterns is ongoing.

dr Girardin Jean-Louis directs the newly established UHealth Translational Sleep and Circadian Sciences program at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

He said lab data showed blacks are most likely to sleep less than whites, losing an average of 30 minutes a day.

“We also learn that black people, for example, have less light during the day and more light at night, which is not good,” Jean-Louis said.

“There was a study that came out a few weeks ago that even lamp light levels can actually dysregulate insulin levels, so that may be why we have such a high prevalence of diabetes among black people because light levels aren’t properly controlled . That’s what we’re doing in this lab to better understand the relationship between light levels and circadian dysregulation,” he said.


Jean-Louis believes that by better managing sleep and circadian rhythms, clinicians can treat a wide range of chronic diseases simultaneously.

And while data shows that depression is most common in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, a recent study revealed why this age group is not seeking mental health care.

The study, which used information from the National Survey On Drug Use and Health, found that the most commonly cited reasons for not seeking treatment were the cost, not knowing where to go, believing they could could handle the problem on their own, and the fear of having to commit to a medical facility or taking medication.

The researchers said the findings underscore the need for education campaigns to raise awareness of local mental health services.

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