Objective – There is mixed findings on the association between physical activity and sleep. Hence this study investigated association of level and type of physical activity with short term insomnia among college students.
Methods - A cross sectional study was conducted among college students in India. Six hundred sixty two students were included, with a mean age of 23.2 ± 3.5 years.The sample consisted of 359 males and 303 females. The predictor variables were self reported type and physical activity level and predicted variables were self reported sleep complaints.Physical activity components were aseesesed through international physical activity questionnaire – short form and sleep complaints using Pitssburg sleep questionnaire . The binary logistic regression models were used for data analysis. Level of significance was set at p < 0.05 for all the analysis.
Results – The self reported symptoms of short trem insomnia such as global sleep quality (adjusted odds ratio(AOR)=15.58) , subjective sleep quality (AOR=6.01), sleep latency (AOR= 5.09) , sleep duration (AOR=0.13), sleep disturbances (AOR=4.88), day time sleep dysfunction (AOR=5.59) had shown association with level of physical activity. There was no association of type of physical activity with any other predicted variables studied.
Conclusions – The findings of the present study supports that level of physical activity is a key predictor of short term insomnia symptoms among college students. Different interventions startegies may be developed and implemented to improve the level of physical activity among students.
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