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Sleep patterns and sleepiness of working college students
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Biologisk psykologi och behandlingsforskning)
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2012 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 41, 5550-5552 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The double journey (work and study) may result or aggravate health problems, including sleep disturbances, as observed in previous studies with high school students. The aim of this study is to analyze the sleep-wake cycle and perceived sleepiness of working college students during weekdays. Twenty-three healthy college male students, 21-24 years old, working during the day and attending classes in the evening, participated in this study. During five consecutive days, the students filled out daily activities logs and wore actigraphs. Mean sleeping time was lower than 6 hours per night. No significant differences were observed in the sleep-wake cycle during the weekdays. The observed lack of changes in the sleep-wake cycle of these college students might occur as participants were not on a free schedule, but exposed to social constraints, as was the regular attendance to evening college and day work activities. Sleepiness worsened over the evening school hours. Those results show the burden carried by College students who perform double activities - work and study.

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2012. Vol. 41, 5550-5552 p.
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sleepiness, working college students, sleep-wake cycle
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Work Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81688DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0879-5550ISI: 000306361805142Local ID: P2944OAI: diva2:563867


Available from: 2012-10-31 Created: 2012-10-30 Last updated: 2012-11-23Bibliographically approved

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