THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN 3 HEALTH BEHAVIORS: SLEEP, EXERCISE, AND DESIGNATING A DRIVER
Redd Driver, Alyssa Martinez, Cristal Lopez, Carlos Rosas, Heike Mahler.
California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, CA.
Previous studies have examined health behaviors in college students related to sleeping patterns, exercise habits, and designating a driver. This study was designed to examine the relationship between this trio of health behaviors in a sample of college students, and to determine whether the relationship differed as a function of gender. Participants (n = 280) completed a survey assessing their sleeping patterns, exercise habits, and the likelihood of designating a driver prior to consuming alcohol. It was expected that the more hours participants reported sleeping and exercising, the more frequently they would report designating a driver before taking their first drink of alcohol. Results indicated that the likelihood of designating a driver differed as a function of gender. Females were more likely to report designating a driver than were males F(1, 268) = 3.93, p = .05; however, there was no correlation between sleeping patterns, exercise habits, and designating a driver.