Insomnia and mental health in college students

Daniel J. Taylor, Christie E. Gardner, Adam D. Bramoweth, Jacob M. Williams, Brandy M. Roane, Emily A. Grieser, Jolyn I. Tatum

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Insomnia is strongly associated with certain mental health problems in the general population. However, there is little research examining this relation in young adults-an age group where many mental health problems first present. This study examined relations between insomnia and mental health symptoms in a college population (N D 373; 60.9% women; mean age of 21 years). Insomnia was assessed via self-report and sleep diaries, and mental health was assessed via the Symptom Check List-90. Analyses revealed insomnia was prevalent (9.4%), and these young adults had significantly more mental health problems than those without insomnia, although some significant results were lost after controlling for comorbid health problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


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