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Association between sleep quality and quality of life among students: a cross sectional study

Omid Rezaei
  • Psychosis Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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  • Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
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/ Mahdi Jamshidi Rastani
  • Occupational Health Engineering Department, Students’ Research Office, School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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/ Mohammad Sayadnasiri
  • Psychosis Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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/ Hessam Ghisvand
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Published Online: 2017-09-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0111



Lack of sleep and on going sleep disorder can affect family health and interpersonal relationships.


The aim of study was to investigate the association between sleep quality and the probable determinants of quality of life among students of a public health faculty at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU) in the 2015 academic year.


The data from a cross-sectional study of 275 students that randomly stratified sampling between different classes of college students of a public health faculty of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences were used in this study. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire consisted of modules on socio-demographic characteristics, the Petersburg Standardized Sleep Quality Questionnaire(PSQL) and the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire (WHOQOL-BREF). Data analysis was done with descriptive and logistic regression. All analyses were carried out using SPSS software V.19.


A total of 275 students participated in this study. The mean age ± standard deviation (SD) was 22.1 ± 3.6 years. In the univariable model, students that were living in their own homes had the odds of 2.18 times more than the others to have a higher quality of life level [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.07–4.45]. Moreover, sleep disorder was negatively associated with the quality of life [odds ratio (OR) = 0.23; 95% CI: 0.12–0.46].


These results will help university administrators and policy makers to identify factors associated with poor sleep and provide approaches to enhance sleep hygiene and relevant knowledge in university students. Living in a dormitoy while also suffering from sleep problems could significantly reduce the quality of life.

Keywords: quality of life; sleep quality; students


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About the article

Received: 2017-06-29

Accepted: 2017-07-29

Published Online: 2017-09-15

Conflict of interest: None of the authors has any conflict of interest.

Informed consent: Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Authors contributions: Study design: OR and BA. Data synthesis: JH and YM. Drafting the manuscript: MN and FF. Critical revision of the manuscript: BA.

Funding: This research was funded by Student Research Committee, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170111, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0111.

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