Prevalence of Sleep Pattern and its Effect on Health among Medical Students in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

Author(s): Mansour K Alzahrani, Syed Meraj Ahmed, Waqas Sami, Nashmi Naife Al-jubairi, Abdurhman Abdullah Almutairi and Aboud Mohamed Alqhatani

Background: Sleep is a physiological process essential to life. Its quality is strongly related to physical and psychological health. Good sleep pattern is important to increase our mental, functional health, memorizing and learning skill. The daily sleep hours required for normal people are seven hours. Insufficient sleep may lead to many problems like decrease in ability to learn, memorize, gathering information and cognitive impairment. Methodology: It is a cross sectional study among male and female students of Majmaah University. All the data will be entered in the SPSS software and statistical analysis will be done to find out the prevalence and association of the sleep pattern with academic performance among medical student. Result: A total of 49 (37.7%) students acknowledged having sleep disorder in their response. More number of male students (29.2%) complained of insomnia than female students (8.5%) which was statistically significant (p<0.05). More number of female students (28.1%) replied that they had no difficulty sleeping at night before the exams and were satisfied with their GPA scores than male students (11.2%). Conclusion: Regular and timely sleep is necessary for a health body and mind particularly for medical students who are stressed out already due to their academic demands.


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