Sahel Medical Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 98--102

Sleep pattern of medical students as seen in a nigerian university


EO Sanya1, T Olarewaju1, K Adekeye1, O Agede2 
1 Department of Medicine, University of llorin Teaching Hospital, College of Health Sciences, University of llorin, Nigeria
2 Department of Pharmacology, University of llorin Teaching Hospital, College of Health Sciences, University of llorin, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
E O Sanya
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, UITH, P.O. Box 5314, llorin, Kwara State
Nigeria

Background: Results from several studies suggest a global trend of sleep insufficiency among the youths. This study determines the sleep pattern of medical students. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, we used a modified self-administered questionnaire adapted from Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index to determine the sleep pattern of students in College of Health Sciences, University of llorin, Nigeria. Responses were submitted anonymously. Results: A total of 399 students participated in the study and their age ranged from 16 - 35 years. Males constituted 64% of survey sample. The mean sleep duration of students were 6.4±0.84 hours during weekdays and 7.4±0.96 hours at weekends (p<0.05). Students went to bed later (23;15±1;30 hour) at weekends than during weekdays (22:58±1:30 hour). They also got up later from bed at weekends (6:42±1:28 hour) than during school days (05:36±1:09 hour) (p<0.05). Female students had significantly shorter sleep duration (6.9±0.98 hour) than males (7.4±0.9 hours) at weekend (p<0.05). About 30% of the respondents had problem falling asleep. Only 3.4% of the respondent had ever been involved in a sleep related accident, while 4% and 14% of students took cigarette and alcohol, respectively. Conclusion: The study population had shorter sleep period than that recommended for their age. Gender had significant influence on their sleep habit. We recommend sleep educational programme from medical undergraduates.


How to cite this article:
Sanya E O, Olarewaju T, Adekeye K, Agede O. Sleep pattern of medical students as seen in a nigerian university .Sahel Med J 2009;12:98-102


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Sanya E O, Olarewaju T, Adekeye K, Agede O. Sleep pattern of medical students as seen in a nigerian university . Sahel Med J [serial online] 2009 [cited 2021 Oct 21 ];12:98-102
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