An Analysis of the Sleep Quality of Undergraduate Students

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Publication Date

Fall 2016

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Online College Student Journal


Background and Aims: The purpose of this study was to measure the sleep quality of a sample of undergraduate students and compare it to the recommendations for young adults from the National Sleep Foundation.

Methods: A sample of undergraduate students from a midsized public university in the Southeast were recruited for this study (N = 86). The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was employed to assess sleep quality of the students.

Results: Frequency analysis found that most students did not get the minimum amount of sleep as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. A nonparametric correlation (listwise) analysis found a positive correlation on four of the six elements of the PSQI.

Conclusion: College student populations could benefit from health education programs that address the effects of sleep deprivation and offers tips on good sleep hygiene.