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J Urban Health. 2018 Dec;95(6):781-786. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0268-0.

Disparities in Sleep Problems by Sexual Orientation among New York City Adults: an Analysis of the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013-2014.

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1
Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, 227 East 30th Street, 6th Floor, Room 621, New York, NY, 10016, USA. Dustin.Duncan@nyumc.org.
2
Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, 227 East 30th Street, 6th Floor, Room 621, New York, NY, 10016, USA.
3
Center for Health Equity, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, NY, USA.
4
Division of Epidemiology, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, NY, USA.

Abstract

We examined disparities in sleep problems by sexual orientation among a population-based sample of adults, using data from the New York City (NYC) Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES), a population-based, cross-sectional survey conducted in 2013-2014 (n = 1220). Two log binomial regression models were created to assess the relative prevalence of sleep problems by sexual orientation. In model 1, heterosexual adults served as the reference category, controlling for gender, age, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, and family income. And in model 2, heterosexual men served as the reference category, controlling for age, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, and family income. We found that almost 42% of NYC adults reported sleep problems in the past 2 weeks. Bisexual adults had 1.4 times the relative risk of sleep problems compared to heterosexual adults (p = 0.037). Compared to heterosexual men, heterosexual and bisexual women had 1.3 and 1.6 times the risk of sleep problems, respectively (p < 0.05). Overall, adults who self-identified as bisexual had a significantly greater risk of sleep problems than adults who self-identified as heterosexual.

KEYWORDS:

Health disparities; Health equity; Lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) health; New York City; Sleep problems

PMID:
29987769
PMCID:
PMC6286285
DOI:
10.1007/s11524-018-0268-0
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