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Smart Technology and Not So Smart Sleep Quality

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DOI: 10.22606/pra.2019.11002

Author(s)
Kathy Sexton-Radek1*, Elizabeth Borek2, Dylin Coons3, Sandra Mohama4
Affiliation(s)
1Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States
2Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, United States
3Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, United States
4Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, United States
Abstract
Sleep quality has been identified as “poor” overall, in young adults. Traditionally, sleep hygiene rules composed of a set of positive health habits conducive to relaxation and falling asleep are provided to address poor sleep. To the young adult population of 18-30 years, poor sleep quality is also related to variable sleep patterns (Sexton-Radek, 2008). Jacobsen & Forste (2011) reported that the constant technology use (i.e., smartphone, tablet) by young adults interferes with their sleep. The modification of a sleep schedule is regularly exercised by young adults; -they give up sleep for social activities in person or online (Sexton-Radek, 2008). Current use of technology at pre-sleep is undocumented in the young adult population. This study was aimed at measuring sleep hygiene, along with technology use in young adults. Results from a questionnaire administered internationally to a young adult population indicated widespread, constant use of technology at pre-sleep in the young adult population.
Keywords
Sleep quality, sleep hygiene, young adults, emerging adults, sleep, sleep knowledge.
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