Bedtime Electronic Device Usage and Daytime Sleepiness among Medical Students: A Cross-sectional Study
Asian Journal of Medical Principles and Clinical Practice, Volume 5, Issue 4,
Introduction: In the 21st century, the use of digital devices has become a daily affair. This has led to excessive daytime sleepiness, which is also prevalent among medical students. However, there is a gap in awareness regarding the association between the use of digital devices and their impact on sleep.
Aim: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of daytime sleepiness among medical students and the awareness of the association between daytime sleepiness and the use of digital devices.
Study Design: A cross-sectional analytical study
Methodology: This study was conducted at a private medical university among medical students. Purposive sampling was done to enroll respondents. A questionnaire was distributed online using Google forms to undergraduate students. The data was statistically analysed using Epi Info version 184.108.40.206 the statistical test conducted was the Chi-square test and Fisher’s exact test. The frequency and percentage were then analysed.
Results: A total of 123 students responded to the survey. In this study, 39.84% respondents reported of having excessive daytime sleepiness, with a mean score for the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) scale at 9.49 (SD ± 3.85). When considering the level of awareness, Chinese ethnicity had a high level of awareness than the other groups of ethnicities. There was no statistically significant association between the demographic characteristics and daytime sleepiness and awareness levels among the respondents.
Conclusion: This study showed that there was a higher prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness than in other populations. However, most of the respondents did not have a negative impact on their work and social life.
- bedtime electronic device usage
- daytime sleepiness
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