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Gender differences in sleep habits and sleep-related problems in Arab Palestinian university students

  • Waleed M. Sweileh , Iyad Ali , Ansam F. Sawalha , Adham S. Abu-Tah EMAIL logo , Sa’ed H. Zyoud and Samah W. Al-Jabi


A convenience sample of 400 students were recruited to investigate gender differences in sleep habits and sleep-related problems using a self-administered questionnaire. Univaraiate analysis showed that females went to bed earlier (p<0.01) and rose earlier (p<0.01), had longer sleep duration (p<0.01), more nightmares (p<0.01), lesser snoring (p<0.01), lesser nocturnal awakening caused by eating (p<0.01), and had poorer sleep quality than males on the night of examination (p<0.01). Gender differences in sleep habits and sleep problems were found and were different than those reported from other cultures.

Corresponding author: Adham S. Abu-Taha, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, An-Najah National University, PO Box 7, Nablus, Palestinian Authority

Received: 2011-9-4
Accepted: 2011-11-6
Published Online: 2012-08-01
Published in Print: 2012-08-01

©2012 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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