Title

Sleep quality as a mediator between technology-related sleep quality, depression, and anxiety

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2013

Abstract

This study examines (a) relations among technology use during sleep time, sleep quality, and depression/anxiety and (b) time awake due to technology use. Two hundred thirty-six college students completed self-report questionnaires and week-long sleep diaries. Results revealed that 47 percent of students reported night-time waking to answer text messages and 40 percent to answer phone calls. Regression analyses indicated that higher levels of technology use after the onset of sleep predicted poorer sleep quality, and poorer sleep quality predicted symptoms of depression/anxiety. Finally, sleep quality is a mediator between technology use after the onset of sleep and depression/anxiety. College students who have difficulty setting boundaries around technology use may be at increased risk for psychological health concerns. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Publication Title

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Volume

16

Issue

1

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