Background: Sleep disorders are a common medical problem and can affect health and quality of life . There are multiple types of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs/periodic limb movement disorder, circadian rhythm disorders, sleepwalking and nightmares . Medical students appear to be more liable to develop sleep disorders due to their high academic load . Design and
Methods: This study seeks to estimate the prevalence of sleep disorders among Umm Al-Qura University medical students and associated risk factors . This cross-sectional study was conducted at the Faculty of Medicine of Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia . A self administrated questionnaire was used to collect the data including socio-demographic data and sleep-50 questionnaire . Four hundred and thirty-eight (438) medical students from the second year to the sixth year were recruited to the study
Results: Three hundred and twenty-three participants (73.8 %) complained of at least one sleep disorder . The most prevalent sleep disorder among students was narcolepsy at 226 (51.6 %). Female students, second year students and students spending significant time watching television or on smartphones were more affected than others with p values of 0.001 , 0.005, and 0.004 respectively .
Conclusions: Sleep disorders are common among medical students. It is essential to detect and address them before their condition deteriorates.
Index: Academic performance, COVID-19, Saudi Arabia, education, medical students, sleep, sleep disorder