For years, science has been reporting that our lack of zzz’s can stem from smartphone addiction, inconsistent sleep schedules or even a lousy mattress. Considering sleep keeps you healthy and boosts your creativity, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t want more of it. But it turns out that nabbing the perfect night’s rest might be out of your control.


A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine reports that poor sleep quality could be tied to discrimination. The study surveyed 441 individuals from across the country, asking them not only about their health and sleep habits, but also about their daily experiences with discrimination. The study defined “discrimination” as any perceived instances of disrespect, insults or harassment. The results might not be so shocking if you’ve ever spent the night tossing and turning after experiencing intolerance.

Even after researchers took age, sex and mental and physical health into account, they discovered that individuals who reported instances of discrimination were 12 percent more likely to experience lower sleep efficiency (AKA fewer sleep cycles) and nine percent more likely to experience a lower quality of sleep.

The study supports previous research that linked chronic sleep problems to discrimination, and it could open the way for more studies into how doctors can help patients get a better night’s sleep. Until then, investing in sleep gadgets that can help you reach dreamland faster might not be such a bad idea.

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