Stress, anxiety, and sleep among college and university students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Angela K. Ulrich, Kelsie M. Full, Bethany Cheng, Katie Gravagna, Dawn Nederhoff, Nicole E Basta

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Objective: We categorized levels of self-reported stress, anxiety, worry, and sleep among US college and university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: We conducted an anonymous online survey between May 7 and June 21, 2020. Results: Nearly all participants reported worry about the pandemic. Nearly half (95% CI: 43.3–51.3) reported moderate-to-severe anxiety, and 42.0% (95% CI: 38.0–45.9) reported experiencing poor sleep quality. Those with moderate-to-severe anxiety were more likely (OR: 3.3; 95% CI: 2.4–4.7) to report poor sleep quality than those with less anxiety. Moderate or extreme worry about the pandemic was associated with poor sleep quality (OR: 1.5; 95% CI: 1.1–2.1). Conclusions: Our survey found high levels of stress, worry, anxiety, and poor sleep among US college and university students during the early months of the pandemic. Universities should prioritize access to resources for healthy coping to help students manage anxiety and improve sleep quality as the pandemic continues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • college students
  • nts
  • sleep
  • stress
  • university stude

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Stress, anxiety, and sleep among college and university students during the COVID-19 pandemic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this