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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 518263, 8 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Insufficient Sleep and Self-Rated Health in a Nationally Representative Sample

1Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
2Singapore Eye Research Institute and Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore 169857

Received 16 November 2011; Accepted 22 February 2012

Academic Editor: David Strogatz

Copyright © 2012 Sarah Dee Geiger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Reduced sleep has been found to be associated with increased risk of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and mortality. Self-rated health (SRH) has been shown to be a predictor of CVD and mortality. However, study of the association between insufficient sleep and SRH is limited. We examined participants >18 years of age ( 𝑛 = 3 7 7 , 160) from a representative, cross-sectional survey (2008 BRFSS). Self-reported insufficient sleep in the previous 30 days was categorized into six groups. The outcome was poor SRH. We calculated odds ratios ((OR) (95% confidence interval (CI)) of increasing categories of insufficient rest/sleep, taking zero days of insufficient sleep as the referent category. We found a positive association between increasing categories of insufficient sleep and poor SRH, independent of relevant covariates. In the multivariable-adjusted model, compared to 0 days insufficient sleep, the OR (95% CI) of poor SRH was 1.03 (0.97–1.10) for 1–6 days, 1.45 (1.34–1.57) for 7–13 days, 2.12 (1.97–2.27) for 14–20 days, 2.32 (2.09–2.58) for 21–29 days, and and 2.71 (2.53–2.90) for 30 days of insufficient sleep in the prior 30 days (P-trend <0.0001). In a nationally representative sample, increasing categories of insufficient sleep were associated with poor SRH.