2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

An Assessment of Sleep Deprivation in Health and Exercise Science Majors based on the Social Cognitive Theory
Meredith L. Overton*, Joseph A. Soetaert, and Lee A. Spain
Prof. Jennifer Eldridge, Faculty Mentor

Sleep disturbances are one of the most common health problems amongst college students. Variable sleep cycles, changing schedules, poor sleep-hygiene, and other environmental, physical, and social problems have a hand in these high rates of sleep problems. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of sleep deprivation among Health and Exercise Science students and to propose an intervention to combat it. Surveys were given to students (N=49) which assessed environmental, behavioral, and emotional coping responses of the individuals. The data was analyzed through correlations, one-sample t-tests, and independent sample t-tests. Seventy-seven percent of our sample received less sleep than the recommended eight hours per night; while approximately ninety percent thought that they should be sleeping at least eight hours per night. Despite the small scale of the study and the uniformity of the sample, the results indicate a need for further assessment and intervention.

Keywords: sleep, deprivation, health, social cognitive , theory, student

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 29-33
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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