Sleep Quality Among Scuba Diving Instructors, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

  • Vivin Vincent Professor, Department of Community Medicine, ANIIMS, Portblair.
  • Kalyani Ramakrishnan Professor, Department of Community Medicine, RMMCH, Chidambaram.
  • Shivashankar Singh Professor, Department of General Medicine, ANIIMS, Portblair.
  • Jeevithan Shanmugam Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMCHIHSR, Coimbatore.
Keywords: Scuba, Blue-Space, Diving, PSQI, Sleep, Water Sports


Background: Water-based sports improve sleep quality and literature shows that it is superior to land-based physical activity in improving sleep. These occupational risks associated with scuba diving might affect sleep quality also. Hence, the current study aimed to determine sleep quality among scuba instructors in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Method: A cross-sectional research was done using a participant-administered questionnaire on 423 scuba diving instructors, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands between 2022 and 2023. Data on sociodemography, health profile, diving-related data, hazards faced in diving and on health, sleep quality and safety-related knowledge and practices in scuba diving was collected and analysed using SPSS ver 25. Approval from the institutional ethics committee was secured. Written informed consent was obtained from all the participants.
Results: The mean age of the participants was years. The majority (189, 44.7%) reported the problem of not being able to sleep within 30 minutes in bed about once or twice a week. Two hundred and seventy (63.8%) did not need any medications to go to sleep.
Conclusion: Sleep quality was low among scuba diving instructors with the lowest score being the sleep duration component.

How to cite this article:
Vincent V, Ramakrishnan K, Singh S, Shanmugam J. Sleep Quality Among Scuba Diving Instructors, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Chettinad Health City Med J. 2024;13(2):69-73.



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