Prevalence of sleep disorders and their impact on academic performance in medical students/University of Duhok

  • Rasoul S. Piro
  • Salim S. Miho Alhakem
  • Salim S. Azzez
  • Deldar M. Abdulah
Original Article

Abstract

Full-time students experiencing high levels of stress due to a high bulk of teaching materials and academic performance demands are the most susceptible population class for different types of sleep disorders. The current study examined the prevalence of sleep disorders and their impacts on academic performance of a random sample of medical college students. In this regard, a random sample of 316 medical students of a large public university in Iraq participated in a cross-sectional study. The participants completed the SLEEP-50 self-reported questionnaire and questions about socio-demographic factors. The variables set included sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, circadian rhythm sleep disorder, sleepwalking, nightmares, grade point average, and some socio-demographic characteristics. The study showed that to some extent, the students suffer from different types of sleep disorders with no substantial difference between males and females. Students with worse level of sleep disorders had a lower grade point average compared with those with normal sleep patterns (p = 0.001). The study confirmed that students with sleep disorders had poorer academic performance at college.

Keywords

Sleep disorders Academic performance Grade point average Medical students 

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© Japanese Society of Sleep Research 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rasoul S. Piro
    • 1
  • Salim S. Miho Alhakem
    • 2
  • Salim S. Azzez
    • 1
  • Deldar M. Abdulah
    • 1
  1. 1.College of NursingUniversity of DuhokDuhokIraq
  2. 2.College of MedicineUniversity of DuhokDuhokIraq

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