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Sleep quality in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Holzwarth, L. (2021) Sleep quality in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Abstract:The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous disruptions to peoples’ everyday life, which seems to have increased psychological distress, especially with regard to problems in sleep. Since existing literature lacks representative research on the student population in terms of sleep, this study aimed at investigating university students’ sleep quality during the pandemic, also considering possible influential factors (gender, previous infection with SARS-CoV-2). Besides, literature suggests a link between sleep quality and stress, which is why stress was included as an additional measure. The study was conducted in form of a web-based cross-sectional survey. Participants (N=214) were recruited by means of convenience sampling and answered demographic questions as well as questions about sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) and perceived stress (Perceived Stress Scale-10). This work found no significant difference between male and female student and neither between students who already contracted SARS-CoV-2 and students who did not. However, a correlation for stress and sleep quality was found and good sleepers differed significantly in their perceived stress level from bad sleepers. Findings suggest a relatively bad sleep quality and moderate stress level among students. The present study highlights the need for i) further research to draw a clearer picture of the pandemic’s impact and to identify a more precise relation between sleep and further well-being aspects and ii) interventions to minimise brief and long-term consequences in terms of sleep.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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