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J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(7):612-9. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.520051.

The state of sleep among college students at a large public university.

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Sleep for Science Research Laboratory, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA. kathryn orzech@brown.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Data about college student sleep were collected and used to develop an education campaign to improve sleep.

PARTICIPANTS:

On-campus residents at a large state university were surveyed on 4 occasions, October 2005 to April 2007. Sample size was 675 to 1,823 students. Fall 2005 mean age = 18.5 years, SD = 1.03 (range 18-30) years. Initial survey included 935 males and 1,859 females (2005-2006). Matched pairs data (2006-2007) included 91 males and 107 females. Twenty-six males and 22 females participated in interviews.

METHODS:

A survey administered online included the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, along with an 8-question in-person interview.

RESULTS:

Poor sleep interacted with academics and mental health, and an education campaign positively affected student sleep.

CONCLUSIONS:

Teaching students how to effectively manage sleep can improve their well-being. Sleep may also be a gateway topic for health care professionals to address sensitive health issues such as depression.

PMID:
21823956
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2010.520051
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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