Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1225-1231

The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use

Authors: Abdullah Omar Alghannami, Abdullah Turki Alrashed, Rakan Ali Alshehri, Sattam Obaid Alotaibi, Mogbel Khalaf Alharbi, Afaf Mukaddem, Sajida Agha.

ABSTRACT

Background: The Internet is recognized as a necessary technological component of the academic journey, and its use among medical students is increasing at an alarming rate. Excessive use of the Internet is considered as a harmful lifestyle; there is a significant positive correlation between unhealthy Internet habits and poor academic achievement. This study aimed to understand the effects of inappropriate Internet usage on medical students' sleeping habits. Methods: A cross-sectional study using two validated self-administered questionnaires was conducted to collect data from 269 pre-clinical and clinical year students in the College of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The "Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index" was used to assess students' sleep quality, and the "Internet Addiction Scale" was used to evaluate Internet addiction. A nonprobability convenience sampling technique was used. A t-test was administered to measure the association between the two group outcomes. A p-value < 0.05 declared as statistically significant. Results: There was no significant association between excessive use of the Internet with sleep quality and students' demographics, but results indicated a significant association among sleep quality (p = 0.04), sleep disturbance (p = 0.02), and Internet addiction. The analysis also revealed a significant relationship between sleep duration and daytime functioning (p = 0.05). Conclusion: The study found that heavy use of technology has a substantial impact on medical students' sleeping habits. It is important to educate medical students on how to manage their use of technology to enhance their sleep cycle.

Keywords:
Internet use, sleep pattern, sleep quality, medical student.


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The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use


Authors
Abdullah Omar Alghannami
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdullah Turki Alrashed
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Rakan Ali Alshehri
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sattam Obaid Alotaibi
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Mogbel Khalaf Alharbi
Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Afaf Mukaddem
Lecturer, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sajida Agha
Associate professor, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Abdullah Omar Alghannami, Medical student, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; aghanamy@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 14 Apr 2021
Accepted 01 May 2021
Published online 17 May 2021
Published in print 06 Jun 2021

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Alghannami AO, Alrashed AT, Alshehri RA, Alotaibi SO, Alharbi MK, Mukaddem A, Agha S. The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


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Alghannami AO, Alrashed AT, Alshehri RA, Alotaibi SO, Alharbi MK, Mukaddem A, Agha S. The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=73274 [Access: July 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


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Alghannami AO, Alrashed AT, Alshehri RA, Alotaibi SO, Alharbi MK, Mukaddem A, Agha S. The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alghannami AO, Alrashed AT, Alshehri RA, Alotaibi SO, Alharbi MK, Mukaddem A, Agha S. The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. IJMDC. (2021), [cited July 25, 2021]; 5(5): 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


Harvard Style

Alghannami, A. O., Alrashed, . A. T., Alshehri, . R. A., Alotaibi, . S. O., Alharbi, . M. K., Mukaddem, . A. & Agha, . S. (2021) The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. IJMDC, 5 (5), 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


Turabian Style

Alghannami, Abdullah Omar, Abdullah Turki Alrashed, Rakan Ali Alshehri, Sattam Obaid Alotaibi, Mogbel Khalaf Alharbi, Afaf Mukaddem, and Sajida Agha. 2021. The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


Chicago Style

Alghannami, Abdullah Omar, Abdullah Turki Alrashed, Rakan Ali Alshehri, Sattam Obaid Alotaibi, Mogbel Khalaf Alharbi, Afaf Mukaddem, and Sajida Agha. "The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alghannami, Abdullah Omar, Abdullah Turki Alrashed, Rakan Ali Alshehri, Sattam Obaid Alotaibi, Mogbel Khalaf Alharbi, Afaf Mukaddem, and Sajida Agha. "The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.5 (2021), 1225-1231. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alghannami, A. O., Alrashed, . A. T., Alshehri, . R. A., Alotaibi, . S. O., Alharbi, . M. K., Mukaddem, . A. & Agha, . S. (2021) The sleep pattern of medical students: examining the impact of excessive Internet use. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1225-1231. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1618422863


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