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2009, vol. 31, iss. 1-2, pp. 61-68
Analysis of pre-exam insomnia among medical students
aClinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade
bUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine + Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Psychiatry, Belgrade
cDom zdravlja 'Dr Ristić', Beograd + 'Sleep and Alertness' Klinika, UHN, Toronto, Kanada
dClinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Psychiatry, Belgrade
Keywords: insomnia; students; exam; Medical faculty
Introduction Insomnia is sleep disturbance characterized with unsatisfactory quality and/or quantity of sleep. Aim of the study To analyze the presence of pre-exam insomnia in the sample of students attending the School of Medicine at the University of Belgrade. Sample and methods The study sample consisted of 112 students from the second, third and fourth year of the School of Medicine. Athens Insomnia Scale (AIS) was used to analyze the presence of pre-exam insomnia in the student sample. The students were first questioned during the time that was not close to any exam, and then a week before the exams. Results The comparison of mean values on each of the eight analyzed variables related to various symptoms of insomnia indicated that students perceived problems of sleeping much less during weeks that are not temporally related to exams than in a week prior to an exam. All of those differences are statistically significant. Conclusion The studied sample of pregraduate students had a statistically more significant complaint of insomnia symptoms during the week prior to exams than during the week that was not close to exams.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published in SCIndeks: 24/11/2009

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