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Now I Lay Me…

sleepI didn’t even know this existed: The 2010 Sleep in America poll just released today!

This year’s study looks at sleep habits based on ethnic groups. I didn’t know there were such dramatic differences. But one thing remained constant across ethnic groups: We’re a sleepy bunch. About a quarter of all respondents said they’ve been too sleepy for work or family functions or for frequent sex.

As I just took a brief walk to try and wake myself up, it’s good to know I’m not the only sleepy one.

But here’s the part that has to do with faith: Blacks are the most likely to pray before bed, with 71 percent saying prayers or doing another religious practice, compared to 45 percent of Hispanics, 32 percent of whites and 18 percent of Asians.

The studies are not the same each year, so I couldn’t find out if these numbers mean that there are more people praying before bed or fewer.

Do you pray or meditate before going to bed? If so, does it help?