It starts with a yawn or waking up during the night a few times. Maybe it comes during the day, and you find yourself fighting to stay awake or struggling to pay attention. But it’s not always harmless fatigue or an afternoon crash.
For our people, these bouts of sleepiness or feeling “run down” may indicate something much more dangerous for us. There are three words we need to understand.
It means the stress from police brutality, institutional racism, economic disparity, and other forms of discrimination puts us more at risk for high blood pressure, obesity, heart attacks, and poor health because this stress interrupts our ability to restore ourselves from sleeping!
What’s worse is this contributes to us dying earlier than any other group. But there’s hope.
In the long run, we must treat racism as the public health issue it is. We may improve our sleeping habits, but we cannot rest until we are truly liberated.