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J Am Coll Health. 2015;63(2):88-97. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2014.983926. Epub 2015 Jan 14.

Napping in college students and its relationship with nighttime sleep.

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a William F. Connell School of Nursing , Boston College , Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts.

Abstract

Abstract.

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the habit of napping and its relationship with nighttime sleep in college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

Four hundred and forty undergraduate students who responded to an anonymous online survey in April 2010.

METHODS:

Three questions were asked to determine the frequency, length, and timing of napping during the past month. Sleep quality was measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI).

RESULTS:

The PSQI score significantly differed among self-reported nap-frequency (p=.047) and nap-length (p=.017) groups, with those who napped more than 3 times per week and those who napped more than 2 hours having the poorest sleep quality. Students who napped between 6 and 9 pm had shorter sleep on school nights compared with students in other nap-timing groups (p=.002).

CONCLUSIONS:

College students who are self-reported frequent, long, and late nappers may have a higher risk of poor nighttime sleep quality and more severe sleep deprivation.

KEYWORDS:

academic performance; college students; napping; sleep deprivation; sleep habits; sleep quality

PMID:
25397662
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2014.983926
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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