The Sleep Gap: Diving Deeper Into the Inequality Surrounding Sleep
By Chloe Ekberg

While to some this may not seem to be a pressing issue, the negative effects of sleep deprivation are no resting matter. Research shows that lack of sleep contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and dementia, making insufficient sleep a primary concern in the U.S and a major public health issue according to the CDC.



The Green Chair Project “Sweeter Dreams” Beds Program Needs Analysis Spring, 2019

by Lee A. Craig and Robert G. Hammond
May, 2019

We estimate that, currently, more than 6,300 school-age individuals in Wake County do not have a bed of their own.
The poverty rate for Wake County is 8.9 percent. There are roughly 430,000 “household units” in Wake County, with an average size of roughly 2.5 persons per unit. This suggests that 38,270 households are below the federal poverty line, and 95,408 out of 1.072 million Wake County residents live in households classified as being below the federal poverty line.

Of the Wake County population, 18.7 percent are of school age, which means that 17,841 school-age children in Wake County live in households below the federal poverty line.
Thus, roughly 36 percent of the poor school-age children in Wake County do not have a bed of their own in which to sleep on a regular basis.