Date of Award
Master of Public Health
Health Science and Human Ecology
First Reader/Committee Chair
Background: The purpose of this study seeks to address sleep health among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: The study used a cross-sectional design. Data in this study were collected from college students through a virtual survey at a public university in Southern California. Data was collected with SPSS version 28 to conduct crosstabs and chi-square, as well as descriptive statistics.
Results: The study presented key findings that call attention to college students and poor sleep health. Results showed most of the participants (62.8%) reported getting less than 7 hours of sleep on an average school night. 45.7% of the study population reported feeling their sleep quality has gotten worse since before the pandemic. There was a significant association between participants’ report of average sleep hours and feeling sleep quality has declined since before the pandemic. In addition, there was a significant association between participants’ report of average hours of sleep and reporting often feeling tired/fatigued/sleepiness during the daytime.
Conclusion: Recommendations are presented to mitigate negative sleep health burdens and improve sleep health. Programs and interventions are suggested as an effort to improve sleep health literacy, in addition to education on sleep disorders. Sleep pods are proposed to reduce the negative effects of daytime tiredness, sleepiness, and fatigue. Lastly, virtual videos and information on sleep health and overall health are recommended.
Mitchell, Jasmine, "PANDEMIC AND SLEEP HEALTH: A CROSS-SECTIONAL ANALYSIS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS" (2022). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1472.