Do Mobile Addicts have Poor Sleep Quality?
Background: The dawn of technology in form of smartphones has brought about an epidemic but in addition to the beneficial use of mobile phone its causing the sleep loss and disturbance in the circadian rhythms of the body.
Objective: The objective of this study is to determine the association between the mobile phone addiction with sleep quality among medical students as this association can have long-term consequences on the life of the students.
Materials and methods: It was a descriptive study conducted on students of Wah Medical College. The questionnaires comprising of three parts: the demographic profile, the Pittsburgh sleep quality index for sleep quality and Mobile Phone Use Scale for mobile phone addiction were distributed among all the students after informed consent. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 21. Chi-square test was applied to find the association between Mobile Phone addiction and Sleep quality at α-value of 0.05.
Results: The sleep quality index score showed that 130(38.6%) students had a good quality of sleep and 162(48.1%) were addicted to mobile phone use. A significant association was found between mobile phone addiction and sleep quality among medical students with a p-value of 0.001.
Conclusion: Mobile phone addiction is an important health problem in our medical college and because of this addiction there is poor sleep quality among the students. Health education sessions on a frequent basis should be conducted for all to disseminate the adverse effects of addictive mobile use.