Sleep as a Priority : 24-Hour Movement Guidelines and Mental Health of Chinese College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Author(s)

  • Kaixin Liang
  • Clarice Maria de Lucena Martins
  • Si-Tong Chen
  • Cain Craig Truman Clark
  • Michael Joseph Duncan
  • Liuyue Huang
  • Xinli Chi

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number1166
Journal / PublicationHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number9
Online published6 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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Abstract

Research on the combined role of 24-hour movement behaviors (sleep, sedentary behavior [SB], and physical activity) in adult mental health, though important, is in its infancy. In the context of Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines integrating quantitative recommendations for sleep, SB, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), this study aimed to examine the associations between meeting guidelines and mental health among college students. The study used a cross-sectional sample of 1846 Chinese college students surveyed online in August 2020. Through network analysis and multivariate analysis of covariance, the individual and combined associations between meeting 24-hour movement guidelines and the levels of depression and anxiety after adjusting sociodemographic factors were analyzed. Results indicated that meeting the sleep guideline had stronger associations with depression and anxiety than meeting the SB or MVPA guideline. Specifically, compared to meeting no guidelines, meeting the sleep guideline (alone or in combination with other guidelines) was associated with significantly lower levels of depression and anxiety; meeting both SB and MVPA guidelines was also associated with a significantly lower level of depression. Hence, meeting more guidelines, especially adhering to a healthy sleep routine, may play an important role in promoting the mental health of young adults.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, Lifestyle, Mental health, Physical activity, Sedentary behavior, Sleep

Citation Format(s)

Sleep as a Priority: 24-Hour Movement Guidelines and Mental Health of Chinese College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. / Liang, Kaixin; de Lucena Martins, Clarice Maria; Chen, Si-Tong et al.
In: Healthcare (Switzerland), Vol. 9, No. 9, 1166, 09.2021.

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