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The Dark Side of the Quarantine: Night Eating, Sleep Quality and the Health Locus of Control in Women
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  • sine yılmaz,
  • Nevin SANLIER,
  • Pinar Gobel,
  • Büşra Açıkalın,
  • Sule Kocabas,
  • Mehmet Akif Dündar
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Ankara Medipol University
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Nevin SANLIER
Ankara Medipol University
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Pinar Gobel
Ankara Medipol University
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Büşra Açıkalın
Ankara Medipol University
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Sule Kocabas
Ankara Medipol University
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Mehmet Akif Dündar
Erciyes University
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Abstract

Aims: Staying at home for a prolonged period and the stress experienced due to the COVID-19 quarantine may affect sleep quality and night eating behaviours of individuals. This study aimed to identify the relationship between night eating behaviour, sleep quality, and perceptions of health locus of control in women during the pandemic. Methods: A questionnaire form evaluating demographic information, nutritional habits, health information and anthropometric measurements was conducted along with the Night Eating Syndrome (NES) Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PUKI), and Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (A) form. Results: With a mean age of 33.0 ± 8.0 years 529 women participated in the study. The mean night eating scale score was 14.44 ± 4.72 and the mean PUKI score was 6.44 ± 2.90. Higher night eating scores were observed in participants with a chance locus of control perception when compared to participants with internal health locus of control perception (p <.05). Obese participants have lower sleep quality compared to normal and overweight participants (p <.05). It was also found that night eating behaviours significantly predicted sleep quality (R = .364, R2 =.133; p <.01) and explained about 13.3 % of the total variance of sleep quality. Conclusion: In this study conducted during the quarantine period, we showed that night eating behaviours significantly predict sleep quality, and individuals with a high perception of chance locus of control had a higher night eating scores than individuals with high perception of internal health locus of control.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

16 May 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
18 May 2021Assigned to Editor
18 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
19 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
19 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
21 May 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor