Social and health correlates of sleep duration in a US hispanic population: Results from the hispanic community health study/study of Latinos

Sanjay R. Patel*, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Sheila F. Castañeda, Katherine A. Dudley, Linda C. Gallo, Rosalba Hernandez, Elizabeth A. Medeiros, Frank J. Penedo, Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Alberto R. Ramos, Susan Redline, Kathryn J. Reid, Phyllis C. Zee

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Study Objectives: To define the prevalence of poor sleep patterns in the US Hispanic/Latino population, identify sociodemographic and psychosocial predictors of short and long sleep duration, and the association between sleep and cardiometabolic outcomes. Design: Cross-sectional analysis. Setting: Community-based study. Participants: Adults age 18-74 y free of sleep disorders (n=11,860) from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos baseline examination (2008-2011). Interventions: N/A. Measurements and Results: The mean self-reported sleep duration was 8.0 h per night with 18.6% sleeping less than 7 h and 20.1% sleeping more than 9 h in age-and sex-adjusted analyses. Short sleep was most common in individuals of Puerto Rican heritage (25.6%) and the Other Hispanic group (27.4%). Full-time employment, low level of education, and depressive symptoms were independent predictors of short sleep, whereas unemployment, low household income, low level of education, and being born in the mainland US were independent predictors of long sleep. After accounting for sociodemographic differences, short sleep remained significantly associated with obesity with an odds ratio of 1.29 [95% confidence interval 1.12-1.49] but not with diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. In contrast, long sleep was not associated with any of these conditions. Conclusions: Sleep duration is highly variable among US Hispanic/Latinos, varying by Hispanic/Latino heritage as well as socioeconomic status. These differences may have health consequences given associations between sleep duration and cardiometabolic disease, particularly obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1515-1522
Number of pages8
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Disparities
  • Epidemiology
  • Hispanic
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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