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J Am Coll Health. 2006 Jan-Feb;54(4):231-7.

Development and evaluation of the Sleep Treatment and Education Program for Students (STEPS).

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Department of Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic 06066, USA.


University students report significantly worse sleep quality than the general population. Sleep problems are related to increased health concerns, irritability, depression, fatigue, and attention and concentration difficulties, along with poor academic performance. Clinical research indicates that psychoeducational interventions are among the most effective methods for improving sleep quality in the general population. Similar studies for university students are lacking. In this study, the authors describe the development of the Sleep Treatment and Education Program for Students (STEPS) and evaluate its effectiveness with a double blind, experimental design. Students in the treatment group reported significantly improved sleep quality and sleep hygiene behaviors at 6 weeks posttreatment.

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