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Dimensions of sexual orientation and sleep disturbance among young adults

Fricke, J; Sironi, M; (2017) Dimensions of sexual orientation and sleep disturbance among young adults. Preventive Medicine Reports , 8 pp. 18-24. 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.07.008. Green open access

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Abstract

We examined associations among 3 dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior) and sleep disturbance among young adults in the United States. Using Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (respondents aged 24-32, N = 14,334), we ran multivariate logistic regressions to estimate the probability of reporting trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and short sleep duration, based on specific sexual orientation categories. Results after controlling for mental health indicate that these categories are more likely to have trouble falling asleep: women who identify as "bisexual" (OR = 1.85, CI: 1.21,2.82), women attracted to "both sexes" (OR = 1.31, CI: 1.00,1.72), women who have had "mostly opposite sex" partners (OR = 1.40, CI: 1.10,1.77), and men who have had "mostly same sex" partners (OR = 2.28, CI: 1.21,4.31). For trouble staying asleep: women who identify as "bisexual" (OR = 1.48, CI: 1.01,2.18), men and women attracted to "both sexes" (OR = 1.81, CI: 1.12,2.91; OR = 1.27, CI: 1.00,1.60), and women who have had "mostly opposite sex partners" (OR = 1.38, CI: 1.13,1.69). For short sleep duration: women who identify as "mostly straight" or "mostly gay" (OR = 1.27, CI: 1.01,1.60; OR = 2.64, CI: 1.36,5.14), men who identify as "bisexual" (OR = 2.56, CI: 1.26,5.18), women attracted only to "same sex" (OR = 2.42, CI: 1.48,3.96), men attracted to "both sexes" (OR = 1.88, CI: 1.21,2.93), and women who have had "mostly same sex" partners (OR = 4.90, CI: 2.10,11.46). Given the variation in findings, it is necessary to analyze each sexual orientation dimension and the categories within each dimension to adequately understand sleep disturbances among sexual minority populations.

Type: Article
Title: Dimensions of sexual orientation and sleep disturbance among young adults
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.07.008
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.07.008
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569197
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