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Currently submitted to: JMIR Medical Education

Date Submitted: Sep 3, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Sep 3, 2020 - Oct 29, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Rethinking Screen Time during COVID-19: Impact on Sleep and Academic Self-Efficacy in Physiotherapy students

  • Isha Akulwar-Tajane; 
  • Ayushi V Shah; 
  • Ayushi V Shah; 
  • Palak H Naik; 
  • Kashish K Parmar; 


Technology has advanced significantly within the past decade and along with that has come the ability to use a variety of devices for academic purposes. While this can make accessing information much easier and allow for new organizational methods, it can also provide the opportunity for more distractions. Sleep is fundamental to optimal functioning including health and behavior. This paper describes the interrelations between screen use, sleep and academic performance. The purpose of this study was to explore technology use and its impact on sleep and academics in physiotherapy students in this pandemic lockdown.How the increased screen media usage and the uncertainty of the situation has an impact on their academic performance.We examined how this distraction potential can play a role in studying experiences and academic performance. A representative sample of 150 Physiotherapy students were surveyed to quantify technology use, sleep pattern, mental health and academic performance. 73.3% of the population agreed that screen time did affect their sleeping pattern in the lockdown , 84.7% of the students conveyed that they could not perform study related activities optimally as per their academic capacity. 56.7% of the population also agreed that excessive screen time hindered their ability to perform academically well.


Please cite as:

Akulwar-Tajane I, Shah AV, Shah AV, Naik PH, Parmar KK

Rethinking Screen Time during COVID-19: Impact on Sleep and Academic Self-Efficacy in Physiotherapy students

JMIR Preprints. 03/09/2020:24089

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.24089


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