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CES Medicina

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CABRERA-MORA, Marieth Natalia; ALEGRIA-HOYOS, Camila Andrea; VILLAQUIRAN-HURTADO, Andrés Felipe  and  JACOME-VELASCO, Sandra Jimena. Mental health, sleep habits and level of physical activity in medical students in virtual education. CES Med. [online]. 2022, vol.36, n.2, pp.17-35.  Epub Sep 29, 2022. ISSN 0120-8705.


isolation brought methodological changes in the development of traditional study plans to virtual educational strategies, which could affect mental health, sleep habits and physical activity levels during the COVID-19 pandemic in university students.


to determine the mental health status, sleep habits and level of physical activity during virtual education by COVID-19 in undergraduate students of the medical program of a public university in the department of Cauca.


descriptive study, conducted with 268 students from the medicine program selected by non-probabilistic sampling, who filled out a survey through the Google questionnaire platform, which contained 54 questions divided into three components: demographic and isolation characteristics; mental health status; sleeping habits and level of physical activity.


58.6% of the student population felt tired for no apparent reason; 41.8% sometimes had difficulty falling asleep; more than half of the population presented mood swings; 48.5% (n=130) did not perform physical activity. In addition, a relationship was found between mental health and sleep habits, finding statistical significance between anxiety and changes in appetite.


virtual education during the pandemic, produced alterations in sleep habits, mood changes (sadness, anxiety, irritability and fear), a low level of physical activity, in addition, a relationship was found between emotional changes, appetite and sleep habits.

Keywords : medicine; coronavirus; students; sleep; mental health; exercise.

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