Growing Up in Unsafe Neighborhoods Tied to Poor Sleep in Adults

Growing up in neighborhoods perceived as unsafe is linked to disordered sleep in adulthood, in new findings that suggest improving neighborhood safety can have long-term benefits on sleep quality.

“Our study expands upon previous findings by demonstrating a possible link between neighborhood environments in childhood and sleep health during adulthood,” lead author Symielle Gaston, PhD, MPH, research fellow with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), Durham, North Carolina, told Medscape Medical News.

The findings were presented at SLEEP 2022, the 36th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Read more about JPB Fellow Chandra Jackson’s research.