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Scientific Investigations

Relationship of Sleep Duration with Sociodemographic Characteristics, Lifestyle, Mental Health, and Chronic Diseases in a Large Chinese Adult Population

Shibin Wang, PhD1,2; Bo Li, PhD1; Yanhua Wu, PhD1; Gabor S. Ungvari, MD, PhD3,4; Chee H. Ng, MD5; Yingli Fu, PhD1; Changgui Kou, PhD1; Yaqin Yu, PhD1; Hong-Qiang Sun, MD, PhD6; Yu-Tao Xiang, MD, PhD2
1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jilin University, Changchun, China; 2Unit of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao SAR, China; 3University of Notre Dame Australia / Marian Centre, Perth, Australia; 4School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; 5Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; 6Peking University Sixth Hospital/Institute of Mental Health and Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Peking University, Beijing, China

Study Objectives:

Pattern of sleep duration and its correlates have rarely been reported in China. This study examined the sleep duration and its relationship with sociodemographic variables, lifestyle, mental health, and chronic diseases in a large Chinese adult population.


This cross-sectional study used multistage stratified cluster sampling. A total of 17,320 participants from Jilin province were selected and interviewed using standardized assessment tools. Basic socio-demographic and clinical data were collected. Sleep duration was classified as short (< 7 h per day), long (> 9 h per day) and medium sleep (7–9 h per day).


The mean age of the sample was 42.60 ± 10.60 y, with 51.4% being female. The mean sleep duration was 7.31 ± 1.44 h. Short and long sleepers accounted for 30.9% and 6.9% of the sample, respectively. Multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that older age, current smoking, irregular meal pattern, lack of physical exercise, poor mental health, and chronic diseases or multimorbidity were positively associated with short sleep. Being married and living in rural areas were, however, negatively associated with short sleep. In addition, living in rural area, current smoking, current alcohol use and lack of physical exercise were positively associated with long sleep, while older age and lower education were negatively associated with long sleep.


Given the high frequency of short sleep and its negative effect on health, health professionals should pay more attention to sleep patterns in general health care. Nationwide epidemiologic surveys in China are needed to further explore the relationship between sleep duration and health.


Wang S, Li B, Wu Y, Ungvari GS, Ng CH, Fu Y, Kou C, Yu Y, Sun HQ, Xiang YT. Relationship of sleep duration with sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, mental health and chronic diseases in a large Chinese adult population. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017;13(3):377–384.

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