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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-21

Sleep quality and processed food consumption among female college students

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Mitravinda Aneesh
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Mount Carmel College, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 052, Karnataka.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.DYPJ_13_20

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Background: Shorter sleep duration and processed food intake have been associated with higher body mass index and increased risk to metabolic syndrome. We conducted a cross-sectional study to find the association between processed food intake and sleep quality. Materials and Methods: We recruited 100 female college students aged 18–24 years. Height, weight, and waist circumference were measured. We used Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index to assess sleep quality. Processed food intake was estimated by using a semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire. Results: Half of the students had poor sleep quality. One-fourth of the students slept for more than 7 h/day. Fast food intake was associated poorer sleep quality and higher daytime dysfunction (P < 0.05). Consumption of high sugar foods was associated with the shorter duration of sleep (P < 0.05). Conclusion: This study suggests that the quality of food can potentially influence the quality of sleep.

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