Sleep deprivation and its associated factors among undergraduate students in Malaysia

Naito, Rika and Low, Wah Yun and Choo, Wan Yuen (2021) Sleep deprivation and its associated factors among undergraduate students in Malaysia. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 33 (5). pp. 530-538. ISSN 1010-5395, DOI

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This cross-sectional study examines the prevalence of sleep deprivation and its associated factors among 1017 undergraduate students in Malaysia. Sociodemographic and lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol, dietary habits, Internet/smartphone use, physical activity, and sedentary behavior were assessed. Sleep deprivation was defined as sleeping less than 7 hours in a day. There were almost equal proportions of females (51.0%) and males (49.0%), and the average age was 20.71 +/- 1.47 years. Prevalence of sleep deprivation was 58.1% and its associated factors were students in Year 3 (adjusted odds ratio AOR] = 0.52, 95% confidence interval CI] = 0.35-0.77) and Year 4 (AOR = 0.65, 95% CI = 0.45-0.95), Chinese ethnicity (AOR = 0.44, 95% CI = 0.34-0.59), Indian ethnicity (AOR = 0.49, 95% CI = 0.25-0.96), and consuming fast food more than once a week (AOR = 0.69, 95% CI = 0.51-0.93). Understanding the associated lifestyle factors with sleep deprivation among young generation will be beneficial to develop public health policies and programs to tackle the issue.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya Research Grant (UMRG) (RPD001D-I5HNE), Rotary Foundation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lifestyle; Malaysia; Sleep deprivation; Sleep duration; Undergraduate student
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2022 01:39
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 01:39

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