Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health



First Committee Member

Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, PhD

Second Committee Member

Ariane Rung, PhD

Third Committee Member

Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed, PhD

Fourth Committee Member

Anthony Blake, MPH


Objective: To determine whether insufficient sleep (less than 7 hours per night) is associated with activity limitation (14 days or more of poor mental or physical health interfering with everyday activities) in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey data from 2022. Methods: BRFSS is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of non-incarcerated US adults. The exposure of interest was insufficient sleep, and the outcome of interest was activity limitation. Other demographic variables used in a final weighted adjusted analysis include age >65 years, race/ethnicity, gender, marital status, income, and total physical inactivity. Results: The weighted prevalence of insufficient sleep for US adults in 2022 was 36.1%, and activity limitation was 9.8%. A multiple logistic regression was performed, and insufficient sleep had a prevalence odds ratio of 2.05 (95% CI: 1.94, 2.16) for activity limitation. Conclusion: The prevalence of insufficient sleep for adults in the US remains high, and has a significant association with activity limitation, after controlling for several demographic variables. Results from BRFSS 2022 support recommendations that adults should get 7 hours of sleep per night.

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