Health & Wellness
Infant sleep duration associated with mother’s education level, prenatal depression and delivery method
Offering additional support for moms who had prenatal depression or gave birth by emergency C-section may benefit their babies’ sleep, say researchers.
Newborn babies sleep less on average if their mothers do not have a university degree, according to a new University of Alberta study investigating the effects of socio-economic status on children’s well-being.
Analyzing data from 619 infants and their mothers, the research team found that infants less than three months of age born to mothers without a university degree slept an average of 13.94 hours per day—23 minutes less than infants born to mothers with a university degree, and just short of the National Sleep Foundation guidelines of 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day.
“Sleep affects a baby’s growth, learning and emotional development, and is one of the most common concerns of new parents,” said Piush Mandhane, who carried out the study with fellow U of A pediatrics professor Anita Kozyrskyj and her master’s student Brittany ...