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Daytime sleepiness and the well-being and academic attainment of university students

Howells, Kate and Smith, Andrew ORCID: 2019. Daytime sleepiness and the well-being and academic attainment of university students. OBM Neurobiology 3 (3) , 18. 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.1903032

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Background: Previous research suggests that insufficient daily sleep has negative effects on both well-being and academic attainment. Much of the research in this field has focused on adolescents and children rather than university students in the UK. Methods: The present study used the Student Well-Being Process Questionnaire and independent sleep questions to measure subjective well-being and levels of sleep in a student sample (N=345) who completed the survey online. Academic attainment was measured with exam and coursework scores, which were obtained from the university. Results: Results indicated that a factor of the sleep scale, ‘tiredness and concentration’, was significantly associated with reduced well-being and poorer academic attainment when controlling for other predictive factors. Insufficient sleep was also linked with anxiety and depression outcomes in students. Conclusions: Findings add to current knowledge regarding the negative effects of sleep, although the causality cannot be determined due to the correlational nature of the research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: LIDSEN Publishing Inc.
ISSN: 2573-4407
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 26 June 2019
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:04

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