Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level



Psychological Science


Judah, Matt

Committee Member/Reader

Middlebrooks, Morgan

Committee Member/Second Reader

Corrigan, Lisa

Committee Member/Third Reader

Zabelina, Darya

Committee Member/Fourth Reader

Churchill, Hugh


Sleep disturbances commonly plague undergraduate students (Buboltz et al., 2001). In fact, being an undergraduate student is a risk factor for developing a sleep disturbance (Medic et. al., 2017). Understanding the impact of worry on the relationship between sleep hygiene and sleep disturbances could inform strategies for improving sleep quality in undergraduate populations. Given the fact that sleep issues affect health and academic performance negatively (Buboltz, et al., 2001), improving sleep patterns may boost academic performance, physical health, and mental health. This study investigated relationships between sleep hygiene and worry in an undergraduate sample by using a longitudinal design. Participants were 81 undergraduate students recruited from the Sona research pool at the University of Arkansas. To evaluate worry, the PSWQ (Penn State Worry Questionnaire) was administered. The SHI (Sleep Hygiene Index) was administered to evaluate sleep hygiene. The PSQI (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) was administered to evaluate sleep quality. A repeated-measures ANCOVA revealed that time is not a main effect between worry and sleep hygiene or sleep hygiene and sleep disturbances. There were associations between worry and sleep hygiene, as well as sleep hygiene and subjective and sleep quality, but it was not dependent on time. Previous studies have found associations between sleep and worry, so further exploring these variables are necessary to understand the relationship they have with time.


worry, sleep, sleep hygiene, sleep quality

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