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

Kathryn M. Orzech, David B. Salafsky, Lee Ann Hamilton

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)612-619
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of American College Health
    Volume59
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Adaptation, Psychological
    • Adolescent
    • Adult
    • Educational Measurement
    • Female
    • Health Behavior
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Status Indicators
    • Health Surveys
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Mental Health
    • Questionnaires
    • Sex Factors
    • Sleep
    • Stress, Psychological
    • Students
    • Universities
    • Young Adult

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