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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

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Volume 11, Issue 3

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

Waleed M. Sweileh
  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestinian Authority
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/ Iyad Ali
  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestinian Authority
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/ Ansam F. Sawalha
  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestinian Authority
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/ Adham S. Abu-Tah
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/ Sa’ed H. Zyoud
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/ Samah W. Al-Jabi
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Abstract

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.

Keywords: gender differences; sleep habits; undergraduates

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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: 2011-09-04

Accepted: 2011-11-06

Published in Print: 2012-08-01


Citation Information: , Volume 11, Issue 3, Pages 289–293, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0041.

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