Association between visual impairment and sleep duration in college students: A study conducted in UAE and Lebanon

Rose Ghemrawi, Racha Kerek, Kawthar Kayed, Raghad Aldulaymi, Azza Ramadan, Mostafa Khair

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Abstract

Objective: To examine whether self-reported sleep duration and visual impairment were associated among College students. Participants: Students (n = 1002, age 17–35 years) from Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Methods: Students were asked to complete a validated questionnaire between October 2018 and May 2019. The questions were related to sociodemographics, lifestyle characteristics, visual impairment status, sleeping pattern, mobile-phone use and chronic conditions. Results: 18.3% of the respondents reported to suffer from visual impairment. Among them, 72.7% were females (p <.001), 65% admitted to frequently use mobile phones before sleeping (p <.001), 54.6% reported to sleep less than 7 h (p =.008) and 71.6% reported to suffer from sleep disturbances (p =.05). Visual impairment was associated with poor sleep quality (p <.001), mobile phone use before sleeping (p <.01) and daily stress (p <.05). Conclusion: Visual impairment in college students is associated with short sleep duration, mobile phone use before sleeping and stress level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Cross-sectional
  • sleep
  • students
  • visual impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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