Epidemiology of naps: association with sleep, ethnicity, and age

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dc.contributor Prentice-Dunn, Steven
dc.contributor Kuhajda, Melissa C.
dc.contributor Snow, Andrea Lynn
dc.contributor DeCoster, Jamie
dc.contributor.advisor Lichstein, Kenneth L.
dc.contributor.author Soeffing, James Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:25:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:25:08Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000244
dc.identifier.other Soeffing_alatus_0004D_10317
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/750
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Common knowledge supports the belief that occasional napping is a ubiquitous human behavior, yet epidemiological reports on napping vary in methodological quality and tend to focus on specific sub-groups of the lifespan. A notable weakness in the napping literature is a lack of data on African Americans, and an ongoing question is whether daytime napping has a negative impact on nighttime sleep. Given these limitations in the literature another study seemed warranted. The present study uses a high quality epidemiological data set collected via random digit dialing that includes 50 men and women in each age decade ranging from 20 to 80+, and a substantial proportion of African Americans, to answer the following questions. What is typical napping Behavior? Are there ethnic or gender differences in napping behavior? How does napping behavior change across the adult lifespan? Do persons with insomnia nap more than normal sleepers? Is there a relation between daytime napping and quality of nighttime sleep? The results suggested that a majority of people nap and naps are more frequent in African Americans and persons with insomnia, with older adults napping more frequently, but taking briefer naps. A significant relation was also found between daytime napping and nighttime sleep with daytime napping relating to increased onset latency and decreased total sleep time on the following night but with daytime napping also relating to increased wake time in the middle of the night and decreased total sleep time on the previous night.
dc.format.extent 59 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Behavioral Sciences
dc.subject.other Psychology, Clinical
dc.title Epidemiology of naps: association with sleep, ethnicity, and age
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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