Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 8 - 2020
Quality of Sleep and Academic Performance in Second Year Medical Students of Two Public Universities from Argentina
Juan Manuel Duarte1*, Claudio Berardi1,2, Evangelina Maldonado2, María Patricia Reyes1 and Carlos Reyes Toso1
1Department of Physiological Sciences, Academic Unit Number 2, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Morphophysiology, School of Medicine, National University of La Matanza, San Justo, Argentina
*Corresponding Author: Juan Manuel Duarte, Department of Physiological Sciences, Academic Unit Number 2, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Received: May 12, 2020; Published: July 11, 2020




Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess sleep quality in second year students of the schools of medicine in two public universities in Argentina: Buenos Aires (UBA) and La Matanza (UNLaM), at the beginning and at the end of the academic year, and determine whether poor sleep quality (PSQ) is associated with a poor academic performance.

Methods: In this prospective, longitudinal study, the assessment was made by means of a self-administered anonymous demographic poll, and self-administered Pittsburgh´s Sleep Quality Index.

Results: The prevalence of poor quality of sleep was 65% in students from UBA, and 85% in students from UNLaM had a poor quality of sleep. This was not associated to any demographic factors analyzed. Students with a poor quality of sleep had a worse academic performance than those with good sleep quality (t-Student statistic 880, p = 0.024)

Conclusion: The prevalence of bad quality of sleep is strikingly high in both Universities, even higher to what was previously reported. Poor sleep quality is not associated to any of the demographic variables analyzed. However, as it was shown in a previous pilot study, this might be related to anxiety trait and state, or else, to cultural factors.

Keywords: Sleep; Quality of Sleep; Students; Academic Performance

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Citation: Juan Manuel Duarte., et al. “Quality of Sleep and Academic Performance in Second Year Medical Students of Two Public Universities from Argentina”. EC Neurology 12.8 (2020): 31-45.

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