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Insufficient sleep during weekdays common among school-age adolescents

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The growing obsession with the internet is one of the reasons leading to sleep deprivation.

Sleep among school-attending adolescents appears to be insufficient during weekdays than on weekends, according to a recent Nigeria study.

Researchers conducted a descriptive cross-sectional survey in 346 adolescents (mean age 13.5±2.29 years; 51.4 percent female) attending public and private secondary schools in Nigeria. A facilitated self-administered Adolescent Sleep Habits Survey Questionnaire was used to collect data about sleep patterns and problems.

The mean total sleep duration during weekends was 9 hours and 8 minutes, which was significantly shorter than that during weekdays (7 hours and 15 minutes; p<0.001). This was consistent across different sleep parameters: bedtime, wake time, sleep latency and total time in bed, among others.

Notably, almost half (44.4 percent) of the adolescents reported sleep insufficiency during weekdays, as opposed to only 5.5 percent during weekends.

Multivariate logistic regression analysis found that the likelihood of sufficient sleep duration during weekdays was significantly higher in those who do not vs do engage in night-time computer use (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 2.126; 95 percent CI, 1.081–4.179). Almost half (48.7 percent) of the participants had access to computers.

Moreover, those who belong to lower social classes were likewise more likely to meet sufficient weekday sleep durations (adjusted OR, 2.706; 1.179–6.212).

In terms of weekend sleep patterns, females (adjusted OR, 1.733; 1.069–2.811), younger participants (adjusted OR, 3.312; 1.316–8.333) and those in polygamous households (adjusted OR, 4.262; 1.825–9.956) were more likely to have sufficient sleep.

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