Background: Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle; good sleep quality is especially important for medical students. Studies have shown a link between academic performance and good sleep quality. Thus, this study aimed to assess the sleep quality of medical students of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science and to find whether the students had poor sleep quality, and how common it was.
Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed among preclinical medical students of King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science. It was conducted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from April to June 2019. The questionnaire included gender, age, batch, height, weight, exercise, grade point average, Pittsburg quality of sleep index score, and Patient Health Questionnaire-9 score.
Results: The total number of students who participated in this study was 228. Out of 156 male participants, 110 (70.6%) had bad sleep quality, while out of 72 female participants 58 (80.6%) had bad sleeping habit.
Conclusion: Sleep disturbance was commonly affecting two thirds of KSAU-HS medical students. Sleep is affected by many factors like depression and gender. Counseling, better planning, and support should be provided to students who suffer from sleep disorders.
Key words: Sleep, medical students, academic performance, Saudi Arabia.