Daylight Savings Time 'disproportionately' impacts 'communities of color,' insists CNN article

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A recent online article from CNN argued that Daylight Savings Time disproportionately affects the sleep and health of minority communities.

The piece, published on Friday by CNN Health reporter Jacqueline Howard, argued that Daylight Savings Time often disrupts sleep, throws off people’s circadian rhythms and can contribute to general health problems.

And since people of color have a higher number of health problems, this means observing Daylight Savings Time is more dangerous for them.

The piece began by citing Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sleep Division professor, Dr. Beth Malow, who claimed, "Daylight saving time is associated with increased risks of sleep loss, circadian misalignment, and adverse health consequences."

Howard also cited National Institute of Environmental Health Science researcher Chandra Jackson, who stated, "Poor sleep is associated with a host of poor health outcomes, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including of the breast and colon."

Jackson added the key point, stating, "Many of these health outcomes are more prevalent in the Black population."

Howard noted, "it’s not that White adults don’t also experience a lack of sleep and its health consequences – but people of color appear to disproportionately experience them more, and that’s believed to be largely due to social systems in the United States."

Recent research done by the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation’s Dr. César Caraballo-Cordovez found that "among more than 400,000 adults in the US, between 2004 and 2018, the prevalence of short and long sleep duration was persistently higher among those who were Black and Hispanic or Latino."... (Read more)