Vol. 3, Issue 12 (2017)
Difference of sleeping patterns and habits between first and third year medical students
Author(s): Wafa Alaswad, Renad Alsuhibani, Fawzy Sharaf
Abstract: Background: The study of medicine makes students more susceptible to sleep disorders. Previous studies have shown that first-year medical students more susceptible to stress than others; there is a relationship between sleep and stress problems. For that we conducted this study on the hypothesis that poor sleep quality and habits are more common among first year students than third year students. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out during the academic year 2017-2018 among first and third year medical subtends, Qassim Medical College. A total 150 students were chosen using simple random sampling method. The questionnaire was adopted from the Medical Kentucky College. Demographic data, sleep duration, naps, sleep hygiene practices and sleep quality were collected. Result: Students acquired on average (first year 6.34 ± SD 1.84, third year 6.38 ± SD 1.8) hours of sleep each night, Poor sleep quality was reported more by first year students (2.51 ± SD 0.89) than third year (2.25 ± SD 0.65) other parameters; total number of naps per day(first year 0.66 ± SD 0.58, third year 092 ± SD 0.67), nighttime awakenings (first year 25.8%, third year 57.4%), sleep during lectures (first year 2.61 ± SD 0.54, third year 2.38 ± SD 0.58) reported more by third year students. Conclusion: Student's perception of the quality of their sleep is inconsistent with the objective measurement; the actual result of other parameters of poor sleep quality and insomnia measurements were poorest among 3rdyear than the 1styear.