ISSN 0975-3583

Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research

    Evaluation of sleep disturbances in medical students and their impact on physical and psychological well-being: An institutional study

    Dr. D.V.C. Shobhan Kumar, Dr. M. Pramod Kumar Reddy, Dr. B. Kavitha
    JCDR. 2010: 205-208


    Medical students often face intense academic and clinical pressures, potentially leading to sleep disturbances. This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of sleep disturbances among medical students and its implications on their physical and psychological well-being. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at the Department of General Medicine, in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College. A sample of 150 medical students participated. Sleep quality was assessed using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), while psychological well-being was gauged through the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). Results: Over half (53.3%) of the participants reported poor sleep quality (PSQI > 5). The most common sleep disturbance was difficulty falling asleep (33.3%), followed by frequent night awakenings (30%). Psychological assessment revealed that 66.7% of students reported varying degrees of depression severity. A direct correlation was observed between sleep quality and depression severity. Conclusion: Sleep disturbances are prevalent among medical students and correlate with psychological distress. The findings underscore the importance of addressing sleep and mental health challenges in this population to ensure their overall well-being and effective functioning in the demanding medical field


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