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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 128-131

Change in sleep-wake cycle, use of digital media and emotional wellbeing amidst COVID-19 lockdown amongst dental students in India

Department of Periodontology and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Surekha Ramrao Rathod
104, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_51_21

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Background: Maharashtra is one of the major hotspots affected with COVID-19 infection in India. By imposing lockdown to implement preventive and control strategies, entire world is trying to contain the spread of this potentially fatal pandemic. Lockdown has compelled people to stay at home, refrain from their day-to-day activity and lead to drastic lifestyle changes. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on sleep-wake pattern and emotional status among Bachelor of Dental Surgery undergraduate students. Materials and Methods: This observational online survey was carried out among the undergraduate students of our dental college. The question on individual sleep cycle, wake up pattern, eating habits, working hours, screen time on T.V., mobile, and laptop were addressed before and during the lockdown. The results were tabulated and analyzed using the SPSS software version 17.0. If P < 0.001, the results were reported to be statistically significant. Results: Statistical difference was observed in the usage of digital media, change in their sleep wake pattern, and eating habits among dental students during the lockdown period after applying paired test with P < 0.001. Furthermore, these unpredictable changes in their working hour, sleeping pattern, eating habits, and concern about spending time build stressful situation among students. Conclusion: It can be concluded that the dental students have increased level of stress and disturbance in sleep-wake cycle and emotional well-being during this COVID-19 lockdown.

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