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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.120, No.10, p.783-788, 2019

Title: Insufficient sleep duration is associated with worse self-rated health and more psychosomatic health complaints in adolescents
Author: M. Kosticova, A. Madarasova Geckova, E. Dobiasova, Z. Dankulincova Veselska

Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between sleep duration and self-rated health and psychosomatic health complaints in a representative sample of Slovak adolescents aged 13 and 15 years.
BACKGROUND: According to empirically supported recommendations adolescents age 13 to 18 years old should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
Methods: We used data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted in 2018 in Slovakia comprising 8,405 adolescents aged from 11 to 15 years (mean age 13.43; 50.9% boys). Presented are results for specific age groups of 13-years old (n = 1,909) and 15-years old (n = 1,293) adolescents. Linear regression models adjusted for age and gender were used to asses associations between sleep duration and self-rated health and psychosomatic complaints. The modifications of the associations by age and gender were also explored.
RESULTS: Insufficient sleep duration (less than 8hours) was significantly associated with worse self-rated health and more overall as well as specific psychosomatic health complaints including headache, backache, feeling low, irritability and bad temper, feeling nervous, sleeping difficulties and feeling dizzy.
CONCLUSION: In order to promote the health and well-being of adolescents, interventions to improve sleep duration are needed (Tab. 3, Ref. 36).

Keywords: insufficient sleep, adolescents, subjective health, health complaints
Published online: 28-Oct-2019
Year: 2019, Volume: 120, Issue: 10 Page From: 783, Page To: 788
doi:10.4149/BLL_2019_131


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