Disparities in Time for Sleep Across Race and Gender: An Application of the Intersectionality Approach

Kyler Sherman-Wilkins , Missouri State University

Duration and quality of sleep are important outcomes to consider given their link to health outcomes such as cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The documented racial/ethnic and gender disparities in sleep duration are all informed by examination of the main effects of race and/or gender. Consequently, what remains to be examined is whether or not racial/ethnic disparities in sleep duration are conditional on gender. No study to my knowledge has applied the intersectionality perspective to the examination of sleep disparities within the U.S. population. In this study, I will draw on data from the American Time Use Survey and use the intersectionality perspective to further highlight the patterns of sleep across race and gender categories. I expect to find patters of sleep duration across racial and ethnic groups consistent with previous research. I also expect to gain new insights by examining sleep duration at the nexus of race and gender.

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 Presented in Session 11. Health & Mortality 2