Do medical students in Hong Kong have enough sleep?
Article first published online: 11 JUL 2007
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 226–230, July 2007
How to Cite
HUEN, L.-L. E., CHAN, T.-W. G., YU, W.-M. M. and WING, Y.-K. (2007), Do medical students in Hong Kong have enough sleep?. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 5: 226–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8425.2007.00278.x
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 11 JUL 2007
- Received: 18 August 2006 / Accepted: 14 February 2007.
- medical students;
- sleep deprivation
This was a cross-sectional study of sleep patterns among Hong Kong medical students. A representative number of 419 medical students with a mean age of 21.2 (SD = 2.1, range 17–32) reported a mean nocturnal sleep of 6.6 h (SD = 1.2 h). About 70% reported having sleep deprivation without significant gender and age differences. Self-perceived stress and long hours of study were found to be the major risk factors for sleep deprivation whereas longer nocturnal sleep duration was its protective factor. Sleep deprivation was common among medical students in this cosmopolitan Asian city. Effective stress management and sleep education should be included in the training of medical doctors.