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A Study on the Sleep Patterns and Problems of University Business Students in Hong Kong


Journal of American College Health Volume 58, Number 2, ISSN 0744-8481


Objective: To investigate sleep patterns and problems of university business students. Participants: Undergraduate Chinese business students in Hong Kong. Methods: Self-reported questionnaires were completed during class lectures and through online system. Results: Of the 620 participating students (mean age 19.9 years), sleep duration was significantly shorter during weekdays (6.9 hours) than weekends (8.6 hours). Two thirds of students reported sleep deprivation. The following factors were associated with being a "poor sleeper" (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index greater than 5): attending early morning lectures (odds ratio [OR] = 1.90), living on-campus (OR = 1.89), Sleep Sufficiency Index less than 0.8 (OR = 2.55), sleep debt (differences of total time-in-bed between weekday and weekend greater than or equal to 75 minutes) (OR = 1.58), and minor psychiatric disturbances (OR = 2.82). Conclusions: Poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation were prevalent in university business students in Hong Kong, especially for those attending early morning lectures and living on-campus. Systemic education on the importance of sleep and stress and time management is needed for university students. (Contains 6 tables.)


Tsui, Y.Y. & Wing, Y.K. (2009). A Study on the Sleep Patterns and Problems of University Business Students in Hong Kong. Journal of American College Health, 58(2), 167-176. Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .

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