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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-141

Night eating syndrome and sleep quality among Turkish university students in COVID-19 pandemic


1 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Vocational School of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences; Department of Biomedical Device Technology, Vocational School of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Mesut Karahan
Üsküdar University, Mimar Sinan, Selmani Pak, 34672 Üsküdar, İstanbul
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jnbs.jnbs_27_21

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Backround: There is a positive relationship between night eating syndrome (NES) and sleep quality. However, it is not known how this situation changes among students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to reveal the relationship between anthropometric measurements, NES, and sleep quality in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and Methods: Data were obtained through an online survey from March to June 2020 during pandemic in Turkey from university students (n = 100). They completed an online Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Night Eating Questionnaire, also anthropometric measurements were taken. Results: University students had sleep disturbance. The sleep disturbance had an effect on NES (P < 0.001, rho = 0.386). A positive relation was found between sleeping pill use and NES (Z = −2.218, P = 0.027) and appetizing drugs and sleep (Z = −2.410, P = 0.016). Conlusion: The occurrence of sleep disturbances in students may increase the incidence of NES during COVID-19 pandemic. This study achieved a short-term result in a limited sample, and we suggest conducting large-scale studies on student health. University students should be considered and public health policies should be implemented in terms of eating disorders and sleep quality.


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