Benil Hafeeq, N.A. Bishurul Hafi, T.P. Mohammed, N.A. Uvais


Objective: Medical profession is traditionally known for long stressful working hours, which can be associated with a poor quality
of sleep and daytime sleepiness. However, few studies have focused on this theme among doctors working in private sector in
India. Our objective was to investigate sleep quality and daytime sleepiness among doctors working in private sector.
Methods: This cross-sectional observational study involved 23 doctors working in private sector. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality
Index (PSQI) and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) were used to measure the quality of sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness,
Results: Among the 23 doctors working in private sector, 34.8% had poor sleep quality (PSQI > 5) and 34.8% had EDS. Poor
sleep was associated with Physical activity at night (P = 0.04) and with long periods lying down without sleep (P = 0.05).
Conclusion: Doctors working in private sector frequently have poor sleep quality and EDS. Considering that sleep disorders can
affect quality of life, predispose to metabolic syndrome, and reduce work efficiency, health education programs regarding sleep
hygiene should be emphasized in private hospital settings, to increase the awareness of the importance of healthy sleep.


efficiency private hospital settings periods lying down without

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