Examining Use of Mobile Phones for Sleep Tracking Among a National Sample in the USA

Rebecca Robbins, Paul Krebs, David M. Rapoport, Girardin Jean-Louis, Dustin T. Duncan

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Mobile technology has been designed to serve a number of functions relating to health, but we know little about individuals who use these tools to track sleep. This study utilized data from a cross-sectional, geographically diverse survey of adults in the USA (N = 934). Among the sample, 28.2% (n = 263) report current use of a mobile phone for sleep tracking. Income and gender were significant correlates of sleep tracking (p < 0.05). Compared to a poor diet, a reported “excellent” diet was associated with sleep tracking (p < 0.05). Interestingly, compared to individuals who never smoke, report of smoking “everyday” was associated with sleep tracking (p < 0.05). Finally, individuals who reported current use of their mobile device for other health functions (e.g., chat with their doctor or log symptoms) were more likely to report sleep tracking on their mobile device (p < 0.05). Results appear to suggest sleep tracking is common among individuals with good general health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-551
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 16 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication


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