Relationships of Sleep Duration With Weight-Related Behaviors of U.S. College Students
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This study describes sleep behaviors of U.S. college students (N = 1,252; 18–24 years old; 59% female) and examines associations of sleep duration with weight-related behaviors. More than one quarter of participants slept < 7 hr/night and had mean Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores indicating poor sleep quality. There were significant differences for all PSQI scales among sleep duration categories, < 7 hr (n = 344), 7–8 hr (n = 449), ≥ 8 hr (n = 459) sleep/night. Compared to those who slept ≥ 8 hr, those who slept < 8 hr had significantly more negative eating attitudes (2% higher), poorer internal regulation of food (4% lower), and greater binge eating (4% higher) scores. Findings advocate for health care professionals to evaluate sleep behaviors of college students during office visits and promote good sleep behaviors.
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Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Quick, Virginia, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Suzanne Shoff, Adrienne A. White, Barbara Lohse, Tanya Horacek, Sarah Colby, Onikia Brown, Tandalayo Kidd, and Geoffrey Greene. "Relationships of Sleep Duration With Weight-Related Behaviors of U.S. College Students." Behavioral Sleep Medicine 14, 5 (2016): 565-580. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2015.1065411.