Presentation Title

Sleep Hygiene Recommendations and Sleep Quality in College Students.

Location

Online - Session 4E

Start Date

4-21-2021 2:30 PM

Major Field of Study

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Veronica Fruiht, Phd

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Sleep is one of the most important parts of human life; it’s important for mental health and more. However, many college students struggle to get enough sleep and often keep inconsistent sleep hours (Brown & Buboltz, 2002; Lack, 1986). Sleep hygiene covers a range of behaviors that are conducive to sleep, such as making the bedroom as restful as possible and going to bed at the same time each day (Sleep Disorders Australia, 2006). The goal of the present study is to determine if learning about sleep hygiene and following five of the recommendations improves college students overall sleep quality. This study included a sample of 27 college students. In this experimental study, participants were assigned to one of two conditions. In the experimental group, after completing a survey about their sleep, participants were asked to read about sleep hygiene and then asked to follow five sleep hygiene recommendations, for three weeks. In the control group participants completed a survey about sleep, but did not read anything nor follow any sleep hygiene recommendations. The Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (Buysee et al., 1988) and the Sleep Hygiene Index (Mastin et al., 2006) were used to measure a variety of sleep quality factors and participants sleep habits overall. The participants completed these measures both at the beginning of the study, and again at post-test three weeks later. The results are expected to demonstrate that the participants who both read the sleep hygiene literature and followed the five sleep hygiene recommendations will report better quality sleep than participants who do not read nor follow any sleep hygiene recommendations. This study demonstrates the importance of sleep in college students, and possible ways to improve sleep quality for this population.

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Apr 21st, 2:30 PM

Sleep Hygiene Recommendations and Sleep Quality in College Students.

Online - Session 4E

Sleep is one of the most important parts of human life; it’s important for mental health and more. However, many college students struggle to get enough sleep and often keep inconsistent sleep hours (Brown & Buboltz, 2002; Lack, 1986). Sleep hygiene covers a range of behaviors that are conducive to sleep, such as making the bedroom as restful as possible and going to bed at the same time each day (Sleep Disorders Australia, 2006). The goal of the present study is to determine if learning about sleep hygiene and following five of the recommendations improves college students overall sleep quality. This study included a sample of 27 college students. In this experimental study, participants were assigned to one of two conditions. In the experimental group, after completing a survey about their sleep, participants were asked to read about sleep hygiene and then asked to follow five sleep hygiene recommendations, for three weeks. In the control group participants completed a survey about sleep, but did not read anything nor follow any sleep hygiene recommendations. The Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (Buysee et al., 1988) and the Sleep Hygiene Index (Mastin et al., 2006) were used to measure a variety of sleep quality factors and participants sleep habits overall. The participants completed these measures both at the beginning of the study, and again at post-test three weeks later. The results are expected to demonstrate that the participants who both read the sleep hygiene literature and followed the five sleep hygiene recommendations will report better quality sleep than participants who do not read nor follow any sleep hygiene recommendations. This study demonstrates the importance of sleep in college students, and possible ways to improve sleep quality for this population.