Association of TV watching with sleep problems in a church-going population

Fam Community Health. Oct-Dec 2014;37(4):279-87. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000038.


Sensory stimuli/inactivity may affect sleep. Sleep problems are associated with multiple health problems. We assessed TV habits in the Adventist Health Study-2 at baseline and sleep problems in the Biopsychosocial Religion and Health Study 1 to 4 years later. After exclusions, 3914 subjects split equally into TV watchers less than 2 hours per day or 2 or more hours per day. Watching TV 2 or more hours per day predicted problems falling asleep, middle of the night awakening, and waking early with inability to sleep again in multiple logistic regression. Excess TV watching disturbed sleep induction and quality, though the relationship may be bidirectional. TV habits should be considered in individuals with sleep problems.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Age Distribution
  • Canada
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Protestantism
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology*
  • Television / statistics & numerical data*
  • Time Factors
  • United States