Sleep quality perception and romantic relationships in university students: cross-sectional study

Carlos Felipe Duran Torres, Claudia Talero Gutierrez, Isabel Regina Perez Olmos, Milciades Ibañez-Pinilla, Carlos Mario Echeverria-Palacio

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Introduction: Sleep in adolescence is influenced by emotional states triggered by romantic relationships, which can be determinant in sleep quality perception. Objective: This study was designed to assess the association between sleep quality perception and romantic relationships, as well as its characteristics in late adolescent/young adult university students. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in 443 subjects. Sleep quality perception was quantified using a validated diary for young persons. Individual attachment style, romantic relationship status and its characteristics were determined using specific validated measures. Results: Sleep quality perception was determined using five multivariate models that included statistically significant characteristics of romantic relationships. Higher sleep quality perception was associated with the level of satisfaction of a subject with the relationship and liking for the partner (p=0.035). The prevalence of romantic relationships in students was 64% (95%CI: 59.4-68.9). The individuals that were not in a romantic relationship experienced significantly prolonged sleep latency (p<0.05). Conclusion: Higher sleep quality perception in university students is associated with being in a romantic relationship and the attachment style. These aspects can be identified and intervened, if support systems of educational institutions recognize their potential importance for health, wellbeing and academic performance.
Translated title of the contributionPercepción de calidad de sueño en jóvenes universitarios y relaciones románticas: estudio de corte transversal
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de la Facultad de Medicina
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 26 2017


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