Association between sexually explicit messages and sleep health among French sexual minority men

Yazan A. Al-Ajlouni, Su Hyun Park, Eric W. Schrimshaw, William C. Goedel, Dustin T. Duncan

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Abstract

It has been demonstrated that sexual minority men (SMM) participate in sexting. While research has shown that engagement in the exchange of sexually explicit media is associated with poor health outcomes, no previous research has investigated its association with sleep health outcomes. This study sought to examine the association between sexually explicit media and sleep health among SMM, a population that suffers from poor sleep health. A popular geosocial networking application was used to recruit SMM individuals (N = 580) in the Paris, France, metropolitan area. Multivariate analyses, adjusting for sociodemographics, were used to test the association between the frequency of sexually explicit messaging and three dimensions of sleep health: (1) sleep quality, (2) sleep duration, and (3) two aspects of sleep problems. In multivariate analyses, those who reported engaging in sexually explicit messaging more were more likely to report getting less than seven hours of sleep (aRR = 1.24; 95% CI = 1.08, 1.43) compared with those who reported engaging in sexually explicit messaging less. No significant associations were found between sexting and sleep quality or reporting sleep problems. Sexually explicit messaging was associated with shorter sleep duration. Intervention targeted at individuals who sext could potentially improve sleep health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-369
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

Keywords

  • gay men’s health
  • sexting
  • sexual minority men (SMM)
  • sexually explicit messaging
  • sleep health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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