Cross-Sectional Survey of Sleep Practices of Australian University Students
Received 1 July 2019
Accepted for publication 25 December 2019
Published 22 January 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 39—48
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single anonymous peer review
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication: Professor Steven A Shea
Rachel Batten,1,* Katrina Liddiard,1,* Annette J Raynor, 1,* Cary A Brown, 2,* Mandy Stanley 1,*
1School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia; 2Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G2G4, Canada
*All authors contributed equally to this work
Correspondence: Rachel Batten
School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
Tel +61 8 6304 3657
Background and Aim: Sleep insufficiency is often associated with the life of a university student, yet it is well known that inadequate sleep can have a negative impact on physical and mental health and be detrimental to cognitive skills for learning. The aim of this study was to replicate a Canadian study to survey university student sleep practices, the way in which students address any sleep issues, and the students’ preferred method to receive targeted sleep information.
Methods: An anonymous on-line survey was promoted to all enrolled students at one Australian University in August 2017.
Results: In total, 601 students responded to the survey. One third indicated that they had insufficient sleep (less than 6.5 hrs). Almost two thirds reported a perception of not getting sufficient sleep. There was a significant association between the reported number of sleep hours, and the perception of high-quality sleep. Strategies to get to sleep included the use of social media which is counter to best practice in sleep hygiene.
Conclusion: The study supports the need for education about sleep health coupled with stress management to better the demands of student life.
Keywords: higher education, college, tertiary education, sleep
This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at https://www.dovepress.com/terms.php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.Download Article [PDF] View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]