While cigarette smoking is linked with poorer sleep, until now, little has been known about the impact of e-cigarette use on sleep. Now, in the first study to investigate the relationship between e-cigarette use and sleep disturbance, researchers have found that e-cigarette users have worse sleep health.
The study included 1,664 college students, of which 40.9 per cent reported ever trying or currently using e‐cigarettes and 29 per cent reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes.
The study found current combustible and e‐cigarette users reported significantly more sleep difficulties than never-users. Furthermore, e‐cigarette users reported greater use of sleep medication than combustible cigarette users.
“Given the association between e‐cigarette use and poor sleep health, assessment of and education on sleep health in individuals who report e‐cigarette use may be warranted,” the authors said.
“Information on relationships between e‐cigarette use and sleep can be incorporated into prevention efforts as well as interventions that encourage switching to e‐cigarette use as an alternative to combustible smoking. Providing such information to those who are considering transitioning from cigarettes to e‐cigarettes may help promote behaviour changes consistent with sleep health or prevent future sleep difficulties from occurring,” they added.
The research is published in the Journal of Sleep Research.