Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2019

Thesis Advisor(s)

Jeanne McCaffery

Honors Major

Allied Health Sciences


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Food Studies | Other Food Science | Other Nutrition


It is known that lack of sleep correlates with more stress throughout the day. In this unique study, we utilize participants smartphones to complete surveys through a hyperlink via text message. The use of smartphones could help because stress and sleep can only be measured at a moment’s notice. A sample of 8 participants were assessed for Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), College Student’s Stressful Event Checklist (CSSEC) along with their height, weight, and blood pressure at baseline. Next, participants were asked to respond to five scheduled surveys over the next two days where they completed records about food and drink intake, exercise, and questions from the Perceived Stress Scale 4 (PSS4) and Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS). Our results indicated that reported sleep and the PSS at baseline were indirectly and strongly related with a coefficient correlation of -0.82. This suggests that less sleep results in a higher PSS score. There is little research done on smartphone ecological momentary assessment where participants answer can answer questions about stress and sleep, we can implement so much more stress factors for future research seeing that this is just a pilot study.