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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 2917-2920

Effect of stress on sleep hygiene among school going adolescents in Chennai

1 Department of Physiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and RI, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and RI, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Physiology, Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Mr. Srihari Ramamoorthy
Demonstrator in Physiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and RI, Chennai - 600 116, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_564_19

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Background: Stress is a psychophysiological phenomenon. Due to recent lifestyle modifications prevalence of stress is increasing among adults and adolescents. Adolescence is a period of storm and stress and any excess stress would have negative impact on their sleep and would ultimately affect their academic performance and health. Hence the current study proposes to evaluate the effect of stress on sleep hygiene among school going adolescents in Chennai. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study and participants were healthy male (84) and female (48) school going adolescents between the age group of 15-19 years (n = 132). Stress was assessed using Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and sleep hygiene was assessed using Epworth Sleepiness Scale for Children and Adolescents (ESS-CHAD). Results: In all, 84.8% of the adolescents reported that they are academically overloaded. Both the genders were found to be moderately stressed (Males: 63.6%; females: 66.7%). Prevalence of sleep disturbances was found to be 23.5% and increase in stress was found to be associated with decrease in sleep quality. Discussion: The study shows that prevalence of stress is high among adolescents and it is negatively influencing their sleep hygiene. Hence, early identification and management of stress is required for school going late adolescents for better academic performance and wellbeing.

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