Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Laura J. Dixon

Relational Format



Sleep contributes to overall well-being, mental health, and daily functioning. Sleep disturbances negatively affect psychological, physiological, and biological processing, and the quality of sleep is similarly affected by these processes. The effects of sleep disturbance call for a greater understanding of depression and anxiety sensitivity among college students. Studies have found that sleep disturbance affects nearly 90% of the college student population. The aims of the current study were to examine: 1) types and rates of sleep disturbance among a sample of college students, 2) associations between sleep disturbance, AS, and depression symptoms, and 3) AS and depression symptoms by comparing college students with high levels of sleep disturbance and those with low levels of sleep disturbance. Similar to predictions, significant positive correlations between all variables were observed. Results suggest a need for treatment related to sleep, anxiety sensitivity and depression. Future research should further investigate the connection between sleep disturbances, AS, and depressive symptoms among college populations.

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