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Understanding Sleep Disturbances

Kenneth D. Phillips, Associate DeanCollege of Nursing - Research and Evaluation

​Sleep disturbances are prevalent among adults in the United States, and some cases may have their origins in childhood and persist into adulthood. Poor sleep is associated with a variety of mental health outcomes. Adverse childhood experiences (emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse as either victim or perpetrator) can affect physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life in many ways. Understanding the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and poor sleep quality in adulthood is only beginning to be studied. Therefore, the purpose is to examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and sleep quality.

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